The Juxtaposition of Judgment

“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” (Romans‬ ‭2:1 NKJV)

‬‬According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word juxtaposition is “the act or an instance of placing two or more things side-by-side often to compare or to create an interesting effect.” Often, when we apply this to our judgment of others, we create various effects that can have negative implications to our Christian witness.

Usually when a Christian harshly judges others because of sin, especially non-believers, they are harboring similar sin in their own life. In a sense, when we judge others harshly, it is an indirect byproduct of our own guilt and shame for committing the same or similar sins. In turn, this guilt and shame produces anger, which brings forth harsh judgment.

If we have truly repented of this sin and confidently know that it is forgiven and forgotten by Christ, compassion would be paramount in our judgment and treatment of others.

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