Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Romans 2:1

"Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things."
Romans 2:1

This is a good thing to ponder today.  I think that so often we fall into the trap of reading the scriptures or thinking about gospel principles, and in our heads applying what we learn and read to people besides ourselves.  We think, oh yeah, she totally does that, or wow, this scripture is describing that one guy almost exactly.  Today, let's look at this verse and remember that it is describing us.  Each of us.  And knowing us, of course, we're already in our heads denying and justifying... oh, no.  I don't do THAT thing.  ... But if we stop and think about it a little bit more broadly... yeah, we do.  Maybe we don't sin in one particular way, but we still sin.  Maybe we don't lie about that one thing, but we still lie.  Maybe we are strong where someone else is weak, but we still have awful weaknesses that are just as bad as someone else's, even if they aren't as obvious to the people around us.  Instead of denying that we are the same as other people, let's accept it, and work to become better than we are (not better than *they* are).  And maybe, when we see that we are all equal as sinners, it will be easier to have compassion for each other, and to judge people less harshly.

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