A Passage and A Prayer 3/20/19


“Judge not, so that you will not be judged…” [Matthew 7]

 
The opposite of truth is lying. The opposite of grace is judgment. God’s people embody God’s grace, and Jesus has called us to be gracious toward others. However, we often fall into judgment. We find ourselves judging others for many things: how they dress, how they talk, how much money they make, how much money they spend, how they behave, how they raise their kids, what they share online, what kind of house they have, what kind of car they drive. Do I need to keep going? Jesus is reminding us today- and challenging us- to drop the judgment. There is no need for us to judge others. Let us concern ourselves with our own behavior and actions, and we will find plenty within ourselves to declare ourselves “guilty” and undeserving of God’s grace. Instead of judgment, we live in Jesus’ words of grace and forgiveness.
 
Challenge: Pull out the plank. Be at peace with the speck in your friend’s eye, and be grieved by your own issues. Work on your own heart. Write down the things that you are messing up, and don’t stress about anyone else. At the end of the day, you are only in control of yourself anyway. Pull out the plank, and be challenged by Jesus’ radical command: judge not.
 
Jesus, we want to live in truth and grace, and we pray that You would help us to pull the sin out of our lives, rather than worry about the sins of others. We ask that You wash us clean in your love and empower us to be gracious people toward others in our lives. In Your name we pray, Amen.

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