But You Are So Stubborn. He will reward or punish everyone for what they have done.
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28 "People did not think it was important to have a true knowledge of God. So God left them and allowed them to have their own worthless thinking. And so they do what they should not do.
29 They are filled with every kind of sin, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, lying, and thinking the worst things about each other. They gossip
30 and say evil things about each other. They hate God. They are rude, proud, and brag about themselves. They invent ways of doing evil. They don’t obey their parents,
31 they are foolish, they don’t keep their promises, and they show no kindness or mercy to others.
32 They know God’s law says that anyone who lives like that should die. But they not only continue to do these things themselves, but they also encourage others who do them."
Let God Be the Judge
1 "So do you think that you can judge those other people? You are wrong. You too are guilty of sin. You judge them, but you do the same things they do. So when you judge them, you are really condemning yourself.
2 God judges all who do such things, and we know his judgment is right.
3 And since you do the same things as those people you judge, surely you understand that God will punish you too. How could you think you would be able to escape his judgment
4 God has been kind to you. He has been very patient, waiting for you to change. But you think nothing of his kindness. Maybe you don’t understand that God is kind to you so that you will decide to change your lives.
5 But you are so stubborn! You refuse to change. So you are making your own punishment greater and greater. You will be punished on the day when God will show his anger. On that day everyone will see how right God is to judge people.
6 He will reward or punish everyone for what they have done.
7 Some people live for God’s glory, for honor, and for life that cannot be destroyed. They live for those things by always continuing to do good. God will give eternal life to them.
8 But others are selfish and refuse to follow truth. They follow evil. God will show his anger and punish them.
9 He will give trouble and suffering to everyone who does evil—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews.
10 But he will give glory, honor, and peace to everyone who does good—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews.
11 God judges everyone the same. It doesn’t matter who they are."
Hallelujah! Praise God! Amen!
Faithful and humble servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.