Romans two verse one has taken on a whole new meaning for me. By passing judgment on another, I condemn myself. Ok, Ok, I get the point: Don’t judge, lest you also be judged. I try hard not to judge others; I try to put myself in their shoes and fight the temptation to place myself higher than they may be. Then, as I look at myself in the mirror at times, I begin to judge myself. I get caught up in the terrible toos. “My hair is too frizzy.” “My face is too broke out.” “My pants have gotten too tight.” I catch myself saying, “I’m just too clumsy.” “She’s too good at that stuff; I am not.” “I’m too much of a scatterbrain to be able to pull that one off…” “Im not too good at speaking and teaching.” I get wrapped up in judging myself and putting myself lower than I ought because of things within me I label as weak. These terrible toos plague each and every one of us at some time or another. When you get caught up in this, have you ever stopped to realize you are passing a negative judgment upon yourself?
When you pass negative judgment upon yourself, you in a sense, become negative. You hold back from things you could be doing because you lack the self-confidence needed to do those things. I love the illustration of the members working together as a body in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. This group of believers were caught up in the terrible toos as well. They judged themselves by the talents held by another, and began to grumble because they felt as if they were not good enough. Paul reminded them that as a body, each member had a different role to play so the body would work perfectly.
Have you ever replaced the word “another” with the word “yourself” in Romans two verse one? “In passing judgment upon yourself, you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same thing.” This means that if I judge myself by the works of others, I am selling myself short and condemning myself because if I believe it, I become it. We must not look at ourselves and judge negatively when it comes to the things we have been given. We can judge the sin in our lives, and correct those sins, but when it comes to our appearances, our gifts, and our talents, we have got to get out of ourselves, and use what we have been given to serve. Psalms 139:13-14 states “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” When you read this, how can you look at yourself, or any other being for that matter, and pass negative judgment? David was not being arrogant, or self serving when he praised God for making him the way he was, and so, we too can praise God for making us the way we are and believe that He thinks we are wonderful. When we possess this confidence, we will not longer get caught up in the terrible toos, and use the talents and abilities we know we have to further God’s kingdom. May we all stop passing negative judgment on ourselves as we strive to cultivate and stretch the abilities we have been given as a thanks and a praise for our Almighty Creator.