Romans 2:1-4

“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, everyone who judges; for in that in which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge do the same things.

But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth upon those who do such things.

And do you reckon this, O man who judges those who do such things, and practise them yourself, that you shall escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads thee to repentance?”

Repentance is not popular with many people today, but repentance is imperative if we are to receive Christ’s atonement for our sins. It is easy to look at what others do wrong and judge the wrongness of their actions; most of us do so frequently. But until we look at ourselves through the same lens through which God views us, we have a faulty idea of our own condition before Him. If we can recognize actions, words, or thoughts to be wrong in someone else, but make excuses when we are likewise guilty, we are hypocrites who condemn ourselves by our judgement of others.

Most of us are familiar with Charlie Brown’s famous expression: “Good grief!” Most of us don’t think of grief as being ‘good’, but equate the term with sorrow or trials. But when we witness the grace, love, patience, and provision of God, especially in view of our own unfaithfulness and disobedience, we should be moved with sorrow for our sins and a tremendous love and gratitude toward Him. As the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians in 2 Cor 7:9-10 “Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance … for godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation…”