“Therefore, do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart” (v5). Some of the believers in Corinth were apparently criticizing Paul and other leaders (v3). Paul didn’t just defend himself; he also admonished them to be careful – the surface truth doesn’t always reveal “the purposes of the heart.” Paul didn’t worry about human judgments because he trusted the Lord to know the truth.
“Then each one will receive his commendation from God” (v5). God sees what others cannot: our motives, our prayers, and our quiet faithfulness.