May 19: The Need for Clear Vision (Matthew 7:1-6)
Matthew 7:1-6 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. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. (ESV)
The Sermon on the Mount addresses the etiquette of the people of God. Jesus calls people to follow him in this world with righteousness that exceeds that of the Pharisees. That’s a tall order! But now in chapter 7, Jesus turns to the Christian’s relationship with each other in the kingdom of God. Jesus warns us that harsh and judgmental criticism will destroy the community of faith like cancer destroys the body. Instead, Jesus encourages a godly and biblical correction for health and wholeness in our church. He will first condemn a critical spirit that destroys and then promote a corrective attitude that heals and restores.
Review and Apply
What does Jesus mean by “judge not that you be not judged” (v. 1)? What does Jesus not mean by this phrase?
How does Jesus warn us against harsh and hasty judgment (v. 2)?
What are two factors that disqualify you from making right judgment of a situation or a person?
Why is self-judgment necessary to make right judgment of another?
What is the danger of not making right judgments in the life of a brother or sister?
How does the cross aid us in making our judgments?
Do you struggle more with assuming the worst of other or with assuming the best of yourself?
What kind of discernment is called for in verse 6? Give an example from your life.