Devotions for June 19, 2017

MATTHEW 7:1-6

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others.[a] The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.[b]

3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[c] when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend,[d] ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

6 “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.[e] Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.

DON’T JUDGE ME

Ever heard that line from an angry person? Or, ever seen the tattoo: “Only God can judge me.” What does it mean to judge a fellow human being, and are we guilty of it?

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: How would you like to be judged by God: with absolute fairness and punishment or would you prefer His mercy?

Q: What are some ways in which you are critical of others? If that same standard were applied to you, would you be blameless?

Q: How might we identify sin and shortcomings in our lives this week? To whom might you need to offer apology?

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