Let’s break this passage down…
If you go against the grain, you get splinters,
( this immediately made me think about Mathews 7:4 where Jesus said,
“how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? “
Matthew 7:4 NIV
We all have out faults. Pointing out others is part of our human nature but Lord, may this be crucified with Christ so that we are not constantly being critical.
No matter where you are or where your from you’re still human)
…going on with Romans 2:9-11…
regardless of which neighborhood you’re from, what your parents taught you, what schools you attended.
(IF WE GO AGAINST THE GRAIN WE’LL GET SPLINTERS, LET ALONE WRESTLE WITH A LOG IN OUR EYE)
…back to the text…
But if you embrace the way God does things, there are wonderful payoffs,
again without regard to where you are from or how you were brought up. Being a Jew won’t give you an automatic stamp of approval.
(Good point here, we are not automatically in the family of God because our parents are pastors or attend Church regularly. . . we have to belive & accept Him personally)
…Finishing Ro. 2:11…
God pays no attention to what others say (or what you think) about you. He makes up his own mind.
Romans 2:9-11 MSG
As belivers in Christ it is up to us to allow HIM to work in & through us, always remembering it is His job to decide what is acceptable and what isn’t.
A closer look at these verses really helped me personally, I hope it helped you as well.
This post goes well with my post called, How To Stop Kicking Against The Pricks