Romans 14:13 - Let God Be The Judge.

Romans 14:13 (NKJV) Therefore let us not 
judge one another anymore, but rather resolve 
this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to 
fall in our brother's way.  

Romans 14:13 (NIV) Therefore let us stop 
passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up 
your mind not to put any stumbling block or 
obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 

Romans 14:13 (NLT) So lets stop 
condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a 
way that you will not cause another believer to 
stumble and fall.  

Romans 14:13 (AMP) Then let us no more 
criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, 
but rather decide and endeavor never to put a 
stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the 
way of a brother. 


   When I became a Christian, I stopped 
listening to certain music to avoid unhelpful 
temptations. I stopped wearing certain clothes to avoid 
attention I no longer wanted. I quit drinking. I 
stopped going certain places and socializing with 
certain people. My new behavior was partly a new 
believer's zeal, partly wisdom, and partly genuine 
spiritual conviction. My early religious zeal also led 
me to judge others who didn't behave as I did. 
   I've continued to learn about intimacy 
with Christ and the conviction of the Holy 
Spirit, which Paul alludes to in today's Scripture 
passage and elsewhere. As I've matured spiritually, 
I've become more relaxed about certain things and 
stricter about others. All this aligns nicely (and 
relies heavily) on our personal, ongoing, and 
growing relationship with Jesus. 
   There are some clear guidelines in 
Scripture about how I'm to live, but ultimately I'm 
called to respond to the Holy Spirit's conviction 
as I'm transformed from the inside out. This 
process of sanctification is as unique as I am. 
Jesus knows my personal vulnerabilities, my level 
of spiritual understanding, and the forces 
working against me. Drawing close to Christ enables 
me to tune into what He's doing in me, which 
also keeps me humble even as I grow. Isabella 
   Faith Step: Are you letting others be 
your Holy Spirit or are you casting yourself in 
that role? Return to Jesus, who knows just what 
you need. [Mornings With Jesus 2021 Devotional 
by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


If there is to be any judging at all, let it 
not be criticism of others but the determination 
not to cause a brother to fall. Pauls first 
reason for not judging is that men are accountable, 
not to one another but to God, who is their 
Master and Judge. His second reason is his 
oft-repeated rule of Christian love. [SDA Bible 

   David declared, God is judge 
himself (Psa.50:6).  Whenever a person attempts to 
judge his fellowmen he usurps the place of God and 
as such becomes a kind of antichrist.  
   When a person sets himself up as judge, 
his comments come across as criticism.  
Criticism does not build up a person - it tears him 
apart.  Criticism is instigated by the 
   God is judging His people today.  Do not 
take His place.  Allow Him to have His rightful 
place.  When Christ died as a sinner He established 
justice, and by dying sinless He secured the right to 
exercise mercy.  Let us therefore heed the inspired 
counsel, Lay down your measuring tape, for that is 
not for you to use.  2T438, 9  

Paul devotes a lengthy section of his letter 
to guidelines for criticism.  Why?  Because 
nothing has the power to destroy a persons 
self-worth like criticism.  Criticism is dangerous when 
our opinions about someones fault are 
presented as facts.  In our insistence upon making our 
point, we often fashion our words into weapons that 
hurt others. We are warned not to put ourselves 
in Gods place.  Much knowledge about others 
is simply out of our reach; it is the Holy 
Spirits job to sift through human thoughts and 
motives, and convict people of their sin.  You are 
not God and should not try to do Gods work 
for him. [Living Translation SB] 

There is one thing we should judge: we 
should judge ourselves to see whether we are 
abusing our Christian liberty and making others 
stumble. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

He that is strict in judging and humbling 
himself, will not be apt to judge and despise his 
brother. [Matthew Henry Commentary] 

Both strong and weak Christians can cause 
their brothers and sisters to stumble. The strong 
but insensitive Christian may flaunt his or her 
freedom and intentionally offend others' 
consciences. The scrupulous but weak Christian may try to 
fence others in with petty rules and regulations, 
thus causing dissension. Paul wants his readers 
to be both strong in the faith and sensitive to 
others' needs. Because we are all strong in some 
areas and weak in others, we need constantly to 
monitor the effects of our behavior on others. [Life 
Application SB] 

   Many people, including Christians, think 
they only have to show respect for people with 
whom they agree. Nothing could be further from 
the truth. In todays world, there are many 
activities in our society that I, as a believer, abhor 
and actions with which I clearly disagree. 
   But I still show people respect - even if 
I know their behavior is wrong. 
   First, I remember that ultimately every 
individual will be accountable to God for their own 
attitudes, actions, and behaviors. One day God will 
settle the score. Each of us will have to give an 
account for our behavior. 
   Second, Im not God. The people with 
whom I disagree arent accountable to me. 
Theyre accountable to God. It is not my job to be a 
police officer, running around trying to make 
everyone who isnt a believer act like they are 
believers. In fact, the Bible says people cant act 
the way God wants them to act until they have a 
relationship with him. 
   The Bible says, Each of us will give 
an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let 
us stop passing judgment on one another 
(Romans 14:12-13 NIV). It isnt judgmental to tell 
the truth to people. If someone is doing 
something the Bible says is wrong, its not being 
judgmental to tell that person its wrong. Thats 
just telling people the truth. It is judgmental 
to take the truth and beat people over the head 
with it, feeling morally superior. 
   You can disagree with someone without 
being disagreeable. Honestly, some of the rudest 
people Ive ever met were overly zealous 
Christians who were so committed to the truth that they 
didnt really care about people. 
   You can be right about an issue, but if 
you arent speaking the truth to people in 
love, youre not following what the Bible says. 
Lets choose to demonstrate the kind of respect 
Jesus wants us to show others, even when its 
difficult. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


Matthew 7:1-5: Let God Be The Judge. Pending.


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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