The Issue of Judgment (Romans 14; Job 10)

“So then each of us much give an account of himself to God,” Romans 14:12

He has held it as long as he could.  Suddenly his words erupt like a dam that breaks because of the pressure of the water that has become violent in the midst of a storm. Who is this man?  His name is Job.  What is his violent storm?  He is facing a spiritual attack to his very being.  Notice his words:

“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.  I will say to God, Do not condemn me; Let me know why you contend against me?”  Job 10:1-2

In this moment, Job takes his case before God.  However, in the very next chapter, his friend Zopar passes judgment.

Question, “Have you ever been involved in passing judgment?”  I can answer for me, “I have been on both sides of the coin.”  I have both been judged and I have passed judgment.

Romans 14 helps us to understand the correct response to the issue of judgment, no matter which side of the coin you presently are on:

1.  The principle of judgment, Vs: 1-13

Here is the principle, “Do not quarrel over opinions!”

There are two examples of differing opinions given in the text (the subject of eating, and the subject of honoring certain days of the week over other days).

Paul’s teaching: “Do not quarrel over opinions.”

This principle helps us to understand how judgment will take place:

A.  The Lord is the judge of His people, Vs: 4.

B.  The Lord will judge His people, Vs: 10-12

2.  The practicality of judgment, Vs: 13-23

Because of the principle we can now practically obey Paul’s imperative, “Never place a stumbling block before our brothers and sisters.”

I have discovered the work of the Lord is far to important to allow varying opinions to cause stumbling blocks in the work of the Lord.

Think it through:

Imagine how much better served the kingdom would have been if Job’s friends would have followed God’s direction on the issue of judgment.

Question, “How is the kingdom being served in our lives in the area of judgment?”

Consider the principle and commit to the practice of the imperative of this chapter!!!

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