Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
I was driving home from the Christmas holidays and I almost hit a car next to me in the other lane. I checked my mirrors and proceeded to move to the left lane and then I heard the car horn blaring frantically. My heart raced, I straightened up the truck, and meekly put my hand up to apologize. I made a dangerous move on the highway because the car was in my blind spot. I am sure the other cars could see exactly what was about to go down because they were spectators of my lack of care. It is easy to see the blind spot of others. It is much more difficult to spot and correct our own.
The Bible has a lot to say about judgement. Jesus is a righteous judge and has the right to judge as He sees fit. We need this perspective of Jesus and also a correct perspective of ourselves. Say this with me, “I am not Jesus.” He gets the final say and I have a bigger job when it comes to judgement. I have to stand before Him and give an account of me. This means that I have to be more concerned with my flaws and my sin than I am with the flaws and sins of others. I have to be vigilant in searching out my own blind spots. More than that, I must be willing to change me in accordance with Jesus.
Remember what the standard is. Your standard is Jesus, NOT your goodness compared to others. Remember who everyone will give an account to. NO ONE is accountable to me. We are ALL accountable to Jesus. When we remember this, we will live much happier lives. We will live much holier lives. And our church (the word “brothers” tells us he is talking to the church) will be a much happier and holier church.