Pathway to Peace Pt3: May 8, 2022 ShenUMC 9am Service

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May 08, 2022

Pathway to Peace

“Do Not…Judge”

Matthew 7:1–5; John 13:34-35

1.  Review:

     a.  Early followers had a Resurrection Religion.

     b.  Jesus left one foundational command: Love.

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’” (John 13:34-35)

     c.  The believers also followed the more extreme commands of Jesus. 

          i.  Do Not…Fear

2.  Do Not Judge/Thou Shall Not Judge:

     a.  Thou shall not size me up and write me off.  (aka: “you shall not prejudge me”)

     b.  Why do we judge?

          i.  Because we are Jealous.

          ii.  Because we are Self-Righteous.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2)

     c.  Do not criticize, compare or confront me!

     d.  Warning: How you judge comes back on YOU.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3-4)

     e.  Looking at you distracts me from me.

     f.  I am honestly oblivious to my own plank.

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5)

     g.  When I am tempted to pass judgment on thee, I should stop and check for traces in me.

3.  What Do I Do Now:

     a.  Jesus commands us to deal with our own issues before helping others with their issues.

     b.  Do Not Judge is not equal to Do Not Care.

          i.  If you size people up and write them off: Repent.

               > If the sin of others does not break your heart, it’s probably because your heart has never been broken by your own sin.

          ii.  If you size people up and walk away: Confront.

               > You can see clearly because the plank is gone.

          iii.  If you’ve been sized up and but become defensive: Listen.

               >Defensiveness ensures that your past will continue to show up in your future.

“But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace.” (Zechariah 8:16)