“But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgement. When we are judged by the LORD, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 (NIV)
Have you ever evaluated your actions or your attitude toward another person? Were your thoughts realistic? Or were they what you wanted them to be? Did you rationalize your stance, finding someone who had done worse deeds than you on which to pick?
I once knew a young woman who thought of herself with an inflated mindset. It was not always in her best interests when she did this. As I saw her do and say certain things, I wondered how she could mature if she kept this way of thinking.
When God chastises us, it is definitely for our own good. We learn what He expects from us and what we are to do as we live for Him.
God sets a standard for us. We cannot meet that norm by ourselves. He gave us Jesus so that we could become acceptable to Him.
When God returns to judge the world for its sin, He will separate those who belong to Him from those who have rejected Him. Those He will reject will be dealt with on His terms, not theirs.