Servants, Not Sheriffs

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else… Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Rom. 2:1–4

Heavenly Father, this passage underscores how much we’ll need the Gospel every day this new week in July. We’re biased dispensers of your compassion and kindness. Help us be wise and responsible, without being snarky and tribal.

It’s easy to shower “the riches of your kindness, tolerance, and patience” on people who share our druthers, colors, and bent. But we can be hair-trigger critical towards people whose world-view, politics, spirituality, and struggles are different than ours.

Father, may your kindness lead us to repent quicker and deeper. Help us grieve our self-righteousness more than anybody’s foolishness. May we be more humble about our prayerlessness than others “mask-lessness”. May our eye-log always be a bigger issue anyone’s eye-speck.

Jesus took our judgment on the cross and canceled the debt of our sin. We want Gospel-culture, not the current “cancel-culture,” to shape us relationally. You haven’t deputized us to be sheriffs in our homes, workplace, and community. Supersize our mercy and forbearance for fellow broken sinners. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ glorious and grace-full name.

Darrell Bock

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