How to Overcome the Temptation to Judge Others (Tues. July 20)

The word of the day is “judge.”  Judging others is one of the most common and harmful types of pride.  Unless we are constantly watchful, our fleshly nature will condemn others for their faults, even if we only do it mentally.  In today’s reading of Romans 14:9-18, Paul poses a question that we might ask ourselves when tempted to criticize others.  He writes, “why do you judge your brother?” (Romans 14:10).  In today’s reading, we will answer that question.  More than that, we will find ways to counter the tendency to pass judgment on our fellow humans. In Greek, the term “to judge” comes from the idea of distinguishing ourselves from others.  We separate ourselves from others either in our…