“Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.”
At the heart of our complaints are judgments. We complain when we’ve passed judgment on a person or event. In this passage of Romans, Paul is reiterating the spirituality of non-judgment. Jesus’ words about a speck in our neighbor’s eye and a plank in our own echo profoundly in this text. We indeed, have no excuse for judgment because often the things that we pass judgment on others for are things that we are frustrated at ourselves for doing. It is just easier to judge another person than ourselves. As we transform our complaints and judgments to gratitude during this Lenten season, what would it take for you to see others with a non-judgmental, compassionate eye? How would honesty with ourselves help us be more compassionate when we look at others? “God kindness is meant to lead us to repentance.” God will accept and love the flaws we find in ourselves and those in our neighbors, so why can’t we?