Week of September 9 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Romans 2:6-8

He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Day 1 Read: Romans 2:1-2

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.

Reflect: Why are we not to judge others?

Consider: The word translated have no excuse is often used in a legal sense. It means “without reasoned defence”. Paul has already used it of the Gentiles (1:20; see the note in Earle), and his use of it now with respect to the Jews shows that there is no difference. The Jew is in just as indefensible a position as are the Gentiles. When he condemns somebody else he condemns himself.1

Respond: What do we communicate about ourselves when we judge other people for their sins? What do we communicate about God?

 

 

1 Leon Morris, The Epistle to the Romans, The Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI; Leicester, England: W.B. Eerdmans; Inter-Varsity Press, 1988), 109.