Paul, the servant, eloquently expressed the second greatest commandment that Jesus set forth in the Gospels. “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Galatians 5:13-14).
Some people feel that the new freedom they find in Christ puts them in a position to act as a judge on the Supreme Court. They have the exalted opinion that their word is law and no one else’s opinion is to be considered. They go from sinner to judge. Now that they have been cleansed and liberated, they become so “righteous” and “holy” that they are able to criticize, backbite, and tear apart someone else who does not measure up to their law.
While their mouth speaks Christian ethics and character, under the guise of righteousness they sow discord about someone in authority. They do not have the courage to voice their objections to the one they are talking about. No, they go around stealthily doing their dirty work while all the time pretending to be holy. God has said people with such actions will not inherit the kingdom of God. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lascivious-ness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying’s, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like . . . they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gala-tians 5:19-21).