“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.”
v. 10 “.. for we all shall stand before the judgement seat of Christ.”
v.12 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.“
Let us not criticize one another anymore, for our service is to God.
I am not the judge of my brother / sister, Jesus is (John 5:21-23).
Discerning the Lord’s Body:
Recognize that your brother / sister in Christ is one who has acknowledged their need for a Savior and has repented of their sins. They have made an open confession of their need for the mercy of God, shown through Christ Jesus – even as you have.
It is not our position to be judging, and criticizing, and condemning one another, but rather, to be building each other up in faith by the Love of God. This position makes the scripture / commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) come with so much more resonance.
Basically, – you realized that you needed a Savior and the mercy of God, so treat others (your neighbors) as those who have or are to come to the same revelation / position. We all need God’s mercy. So, Love each other with the Love with which God has Loved you (John 13:34).
It’s hard to be critical when you are constantly in remembrance of, and giving thanks to God for, His mercy towards you. We who have received mercy should be the first to show mercy. – How can I judge and condemn my brother / sister, when they are in as much need of the mercy of God as I am?
*A revelation rendered by the Love of God. (Luke 6:36, Psalms 18:25-26)