Don’t put yourself in God’s place

Last updated on August 24, 2023

Let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.” (Galatians 6:4-5)

The verses above seem to contradict Paul’s call to bear one another’s burdens. But if we read carefully, the two statements complement each other. It is important to restore fellow believers when they have committed a transgression. But we are not to do so with a judgmental attitude. It is not our job to judge another person and then elevate ourselves above them. Rather, we must test our own actions. That is what we are responsible for!

The same theme is also described in the letter to the Romans, where Paul asks his readers, “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” (Romans 14:10). The judgment of each person’s life is up to God alone.

It is not always easy to distinguish between meddling and genuine concern, between condemnation and necessary reproof. We really need the “spiritual attitude” here that Paul mentioned in verse 1.

Our intentions are crucial here. Are we addressing someone because we are concerned for their spiritual well-being? Or do we address another person’s sin to make ourselves feel better?
Have you ever been confronted about your behavior by other Christians? Was it done lovingly or with judgement?

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