Give It To God

Give It To God

14/11/2021

Bible Passage: Matthew 7:1-5

Preacher: Adam Hewitt

Series: Stand Alone

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Give It To God

Matthew 7:1-5

Jesus is clear; don’t judge others. It’s not an option, unless we want the same judgement to come back to us (Matthew 7:1-5).  

Judging others often comes from a place of fear, pride and insecurity. We see or hear something that we often know nothing about and make a judgement call. And even if we don’t SAY it, we can THINK it and the judgement is still as powerful. Or maybe we don’t understand someone’s life choices, or lifestyle, or tradition, and we jump to judgmental conclusions.  

Jesus is calling His followers to live so far away from this way of life. 

If you’ve ever found yourself caught up in this trap, here’s a few ways to get off the judgement train: 

  1. Resign from the jury. Refuse to take up that role in your own life, or anyone else’s life.
  2. Remember who you were, where you’ve come from, and what you’re still capable of (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
  3. Recognize your need for God’s grace in your future as well as your past. If you please God in your future by living for Him, its only by His grace; His glory not our glory!
  4. Be accountable to others – who have you give permission to to call out your ‘stuff’?
  5. Be careful with opinions – or even better, don’t have them. No one ever said you have to have an opinion about everything (or anything!)
  6. Live a life of worship and gentleness. A worshipping lifestyle leads to a gentle heart. (Philippians 4:4-5) 

Jesus shows us a better way. A way of loving others, accepting others, welcoming others – and giving what we don’t understand to Him instead of judging it ourselves. 

Questions 

  1. Why do I find judging others an issue in my life?
  2. How do I feel about opinions? DO I have any strong ones that nothing or nobody can challenge?
  3. Do I have anyone in my life who can call me out? If not, how can I make that happen?
  4. What might I need to give to God this week that I find hard to accept in others?

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