Every believer will stand before the Judgment seat of Jesus! We will give an account for the stewardship of our lives. That is the motivation Paul uses to urge all believers to stop judging one another. Now clearly, he is not talking about a brother caught in sin. The scripture deals with the inappropriate and arrogant attitude of the church of Corinth (see 1 Corinthians) who neglected to “judge” a man committing incest. When Jesus said, “Judge that you be not judged” in Matthew 7:1, He is referring to establishing standards based on man’s opinions. All of us “judge” in that we pronounce something as “wrong.” Even liberals will declare that people are wrong who point out the “sin” of someone. But Romans 14:7-10 deals with judging a brother based on your own preferences. This is one of the greatest challenges believers face today. Who do you criticize? What is the basis for your judgment? Is it scriptural? Are there clear biblical principles violated? Usually not! So stop judging others. Remember, one day the Lord Jesus will judge us for judging others.
“For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.” Romans 14:7-10 NASB