“So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.” 1 Corinthians 4:5
God is the one who will judge. If we sit in judgment on someone else, we are taking the Lord’s place. This is why we need not react to insult and criticism by fighting back. God will judge us fairly and He knows all the facts. The hidden works of darkness are going to be brought out into the light in the presence of Jesus Christ. Jesus will make manifest the things of the heart. This is why we should be very careful how we live today.
Paul knew he must face the judgment of God. In the last analysis this is the only real judgment. For Paul, the judgment he awaited was not that of any human but the judgment of the Day of the Lord. God’s is the final judgment for two reasons. Only God knows all the circumstances. He knows the struggles a man has had; he knows the secrets that a man can tell to no one; he knows what a man might have sunk to and he also knows what he might have climbed to. Only God knows all the motives. Man sees the deed but God sees the intention. Many a deed that looks noble may have been done from the most selfish and ignoble motives; and many a deed which looks base may have been done from the highest motives. He who made the human heart alone knows it and can judge it.
We would do well to remember two things–first, even if we escape all other judgments or shut our eyes to them, we cannot escape the judgment of God; and, second, judgment belongs to God and we do well not to judge.