“You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. 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 14:10-13 NIV
By Mo Mydlo
Peace trumps being right! I keep thinking this. I desire to live in peace. In order to do so, I have to be less judgmental and more merciful. My inner Judge Judy is quick to spot out the speck in someone else’s eye when I have a plank in mine. I am a 1 on the enneagram, so it is built in me to always be about “the principal of it all.” I would have made a good principal in the natural. But, instead, God made me a minister, which means, I have to be about grace and mercy. The truth is, when I am in the Word I remember what a grace needer I am, which makes me more of a grace giver. This scripture reminds us that we all will give an account to God someday. That right there puts me back in a place of mercy. Why? Because I want God’s mercy for my mishaps. Oh y’all, there is so much strife in holding on to a brother’s faults and sins against you or someone you love. There is so much more peace in letting go, forgiving and not judging. I want peace. So I choose not to listen to my inner Judge Judy. I choose mercy. I choose forgiveness. Since we all will give an account. I’m working on managing my own account before God. That’s enough work.