276, big day. Lots going on. Please read Matthew 6:5-34, Matthew 7:1-6, Luke 6:37-42, Matthew 7:7-20, Luke 6:43-45, Matthew 7:21-29, and Luke 6:46-49. So many highlights – teaching straight from the Master. What are you learning from the Word today?
Matthew 6 – it’s really important to notice that Jesus teaches 3 disciplines here:
WHEN you pray (6:2)
WHEN you give (6:5)
WHEN you fast (6:16)
Jesus said “When”, not “if”. These are expectations, foregone conclusions in the mind of Christ. Of course, disciples would pray, disciples would give, disciples would fast. These aren’t for “extra credit”, they are required. Don’t overlook the power of these three!
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you” Matthew 7:1-2
Matthew 7:1-6 about judgement. It’s critical that we be able to differentiate between right judgement and what the world thinks is being judgmental. You should to be able to judge rightly. Judgement means to discern the truth or the reality – to discern that an orange tree would produce an orange, or a cat would produce a kitten is not being judgmental, it is using judgement. The negative context in which we use the term “being judgmental” isn’t the same.
Being judgmental means that one has decided whether another is worthy of love, value or attention based on their actions or situation. To say I have blue eyes is using your judgement – you saw me, and I do have blue eyes. To say that I am unworthy of love or I am of lesser value because I have blue eyes is being judgmental. It’s a silly example, but can you follow? Jesus is telling us to value everyone, treat everyone the way He would have us treat everyone – He is not telling us to close our eyes.
Take every opportunity to be kind – see the truth, and see that everyone is deserving of love. What an example Jesus sets before us – and what a challenge to grow!