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Matthew 7:1-5

The Sermon on the Mount

The Folly of Fault Finding

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 26th November 2017

Text: Matthew 7:1-5

  • Sometimes we are too quick to criticise or find fault with others.
  • This often leads to misunderstandings and unnecessary strife.
  • We tend to judge people by their appearance or background
    (cf. John 1:46; 7:52)

 

There are three lessons to learn from Christ’s warning on this:

 

  1. The Danger of Our Own Condemnation (vv. 1,2)
  • “Judge not” does not mean we should not judge at all (cf. John 7:24)
  • In moral issues, we need to teach and warn people clearly.
  • Do not be judgemental if the issue is not moral (Romans 14:10-13).
  • We must judge with the right spirit – the spirit of love (James 4:11-12).
  • The same standards we apply to others will be used against us.
    (Cf. John 8:3-9; James 2:13).

 

  1. The Difficulty of Our Own Imperfection (vv. 3, 4)
  • The hyperbole — to be more aware of a tiny speck of dirt in someone’s eye than of a beam stuck in one’s own eye.
  • Meaning: It is absurd for a man with sins in his life to be judgmental against another with lesser sins in his life.
  • This teaches us the necessity of keeping our lives clean from sin, by constant self-examination and confession of all known sins.
  • 1 John 1:9; 2 Samuel 12:1-12.

 

  1. The Demand for Our Own Reformation (v. 5)
  • We must deal first with our own faults.
  • Then we may be able to help others in their struggles (Galatians 6:1).

 

Questions for personal reflection:

  1. How should you respond to a brother in Christ who expresses views that are different from yours?
  2. What should you do if you are unable to have enough information to make a righteous judgment about a matter?
  3. How can you be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove (Matthew 10:16) when dealing with people who may have good or bad intentions?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11