Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.
by: Katie Brown.
When we remember God’s goodness and mercy, it should lead us to repentance. This acknowledgement of our need for forgiveness also helps us to extend grace to those around us who might offend or wrong us. This is the pattern established by Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s love. By focusing on the gospel, we can realign our thinking and get back in the pattern of giving God glory by loving others as He loves us. If we remember our own weakness and need for forgiveness, we can more easily forgive others because we are reminded of the fact that we all need God’s grace.