Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor? James 4:11-12
My oldest child loves to tattle on the baby. There is no end of the constant revelations of how many rules our youngest child breaks. Sometimes it is funny but most of the time it is just too much. I know she is trying to point out how good she is in contrast to her sister. She also enjoys coming up with fantastic stories explaining why she should not get into trouble when she breaks a rule.
We grown ups are no better. We judge to justify ourselves, to feel more spiritual, and to focus our attention on something or someone other than ourselves.
The problem is, Scripture is written to me, for me, and about me. Not about everyone else. Scripture is written to the one reading it or listening to it. Salvation is something we each have to work out for ourselves. God wants to change me and you in very real very personal ways.
James says, stop judging one another. Instead obey God, don’t try to squirm your way out of it.
PS. Sorry to be so slow with my posts. Love to have your prayers. I have been struggling with my own demons and doing a lot of study.