Day 241: August 29, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 7:1-5
1 Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? 5 Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Eric Warren, Member of Brentwood Baptist, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. What are some words that come to mind when the label “judgmental” is thrown around?
  2. Are exercising judgment and being judgmental the same thing?
  3. Is it possible to reach out to a non-believer for the purposes of the gospel without exercising some sort of judgment?
  4. Is this Jesus’ way of telling us to butt out of other people’s business, or is it an encouragement to place ourselves in a position to gently confront others? How might that be accomplished?
  5. Many people gravitate towards the amicable characteristics of God when discussing how He is perfectly graceful, perfectly loving, perfectly protective. What comes to mind when someone mentions that God is also perfect in judgment?
  6. In His preceding teachings, Jesus draws clear lines in immediate applications (how to fast, why to not worry, how to think about material possessions). Does Christ’s admonishment to judge internally before judging others speak to how naturally we twist His teachings away from ourselves? Do we take these lessons of fasting, money, worry, and point to others so we can poke holes in their lives? How does this passage redirect that thinking?

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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.