Topic: Wrong Judgment or Right Judgment
Opening Prayer: Oh Lord, grant me divine guidance as I read and meditate on your word in Jesus name.
Scripture: Matthew 7:1-12
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 10th January 2021 Message:
Is it always wrong to judge others? Apostle Paul makes it clear that this is not the case (Rom 14: 1 – 5, 10 – 13). This means that there is a right way of judging others and a wrong way. Because of the grace of God that abounds today, everyone has the opportunity to repent of his or her sins and be forgiven by God. It is therefore very wrong to pass a final judgment on anyone who commits a sin. This does not mean that we should overlook the wrongdoing of others. Here, Jesus is teaching us to avoid hypocrisy (John 8:4-11).
According to the Yoruba proverb, “We see the back of other peoples’ heads; others see ours.” Are you quick and eager to see wrongdoing in other people when you do not even realise that you are probably much worse? On the other hand, are you defensive when people point out to you your wrongdoing? Unless you are open to correction by friends, you cannot improve your life? Dogs and pigs (v.6) represent those who have contempt for godly things. The more they hear the gospel of salvation the more they harden their hearts against it. See Titus 3:9. Prayer is not a shopping list we present to God.
However, asking Him for what we need is an essential part of praying. This we should do with serious determination and persistence. By doing so, we underline the seriousness of our own needs and our faith in God as the only one who can help us. Notice the golden rule (v. 12).
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• For Action: Look at your brother’s fault with generosity of spirit and examine your own as with a magnifying glass.
• Pray for God’s forgiveness. • Thank God for the blood of Jesus that was shed for our salvation and total deliverance.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Job 22:28
Bible in One Year: Gen. 27-28; Rom. 9:16-33
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