For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. (Matt. 16:27)
When Scripture says every man will be judged according to his works,1Psa. 62:12, Pro. 24:12, Matt. 16:27, Rom. 2:5-6, 1 Cor. 3:8, 2 Cor. 5:1, 1 Pet. 1:17, Rev. 20:120 this does not merely encompass the works we can see. Every act, positive or negative, is a stone being thrown in the pond of human history, causing a ripple effect across time and space. We will be judged according to the law of love, and love thinks not only of the other, but of that which belongs to the other. Love considers the other, the other’s other, and the other’s other’s other. And the further you walk away from love is the further you walk away from the other and collapse into the non-being of self.
To put this in every day terms, when you engage in road rage, shouting at people and stirring up anger, you are not judged only for the damage you caused the one individual on the receiving end of your blows. That man who cut you off will go home angry and perhaps he will treat his wife poorly. His sins are thus imputed to you, because you chose to play the role of Serpent tempting in the garden. Perhaps the wife will treat her kids poorly because she was treated poorly by her husband. Her sins are also imputed to you. Perhaps the children then grow up making poor choices because they were not parented well, as the sins of the parents taint even unto the third and fourth generations.2cf. Deut. 5:9, Num. 14:18. Their sins are now yours as well. All because you lost yourself on the road. Listen to the Lord who says “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”3Matt. 18:6. We must remember that we are not judged merely for the stones we throw, but also for the ripples of negative energy we cause. Therefore, when he who is with sin casts the first stone, he multiplies his offenses for generations. May the Lord forgive us for the evil we unknowingly caused. May the Lord forgive our transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, committed in knowledge and ignorance.
Contrarily, though our negative actions have ripple effects, our positive actions are no different. This is why it is so important to love one another. Our love may seem like only a little leaven, but we would do well to remember that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”4Gal. 5:9. The love we give to one another is a gift from the chalice. We ought to remember how we are all supposed to be priests giving the Bread of Life to one another unto the healing of the soul and body.51 Pet. 2:9. And on that day, may we hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”6Matt. 25:21. Both the sheep and the goats will be surprised to hear the divine assessment of their actions. For the sheep, they will have no clue as to how much good entered the world because of them. But for the goats, being equally surprised at their verdict, they will be blindsided by how much evil in the world happened to be signed in their name.