JANUARY 20-24 | 2020

WEEKLY DEVOTION

Judgement vs Discernment

Matthew 7:1-6

Yes to Discernment. No to Judgement

Our society is often one of judgement - judgement of choices, clothing, money, and looks. The hardest part about this is that we who judge never know the whole story. In fact, we judge ourselves by our circumstances and intentions, but others by the few things we can see on the surface. It's easy for us to forget that Jesus is coming back soon. The thought of being judged by someone who knows everything about you can be scary. He knows your darkest secrets, and the dark parts of your heart. Because we all are guilty of struggling with sin, why would we point it out in other's lives? 

Who are we to judge those who make mistakes, when we've all been there, and continue to 'be there?' Comparing our sin to the sins of others can be more than harmful. It can leave you feeling either superior and better than others, or sometimes leave you feeling worthless. Jesus calls each and every one of us His child, and loves all of us equally and unconditionally. He calls us to love as he does, which should call us away from seeing the flaws in others. We should see others with His eyes, and see their purpose and God-given worth.

Lord, you are holy and loving. Show us your love and reveal your purpose in our life. Help us love others as you do. Lord, let us worship you in everything and recognize your image in those around us. We trust that you perfect will is in the works here on earth. Guide us by your mercy and please show us your grace. We love you and seek to show you love. Amen.

Prayer

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “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? 4 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? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Songs

"Canvas and the Clay" Patt Barett

'Glorious Day' Passion

'New Wine' Hillsong Worship