The Blame Game - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole

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Bible Verses: Matthew 7:1-5

"Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged."And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye."

Reflect and Respond:

Is there a log that needs to be dislodged from your eye? Ask God to help you with this today.

Prayer:

Father, please forgive me for any thoughtless ways. Help me see myself truthfully knowing the grace You have extended to me. Help me see others as You see them, and share Your grace and truth with them in love, according to your word. Amen.

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Lord, help me to take responsibility for my every reaction. Please let me not seek to blame the other person when I am wrong.
Amen ,I do this uncontrollably daily and dont realize till I've done it, this is one of my many daily downfalls that I want to take control of and stop it,upon realizing what destructive things I do uncontrollably I'm reading and listening to God in prayer as to be humbling obedient in everything daily and make this a daily habit Thank you for this
Amen! Thanks you! A very timely and important admonition.
I don't think it was about blaming others at all. I think it was saying don't look at other's faults and be thinking how bad what they do is but not seeing how I have way bigger faults in my own life. So who am I to judge them until I take care of my own sins.
Amen
This lesson holds a lot of truth , about how to live for God.
I believe "the statement do not judge" is referring to not to condemn people to hell because that power belongs to God! But correcting others in love with the word of God in love is ok. At the same time the person correcting others in love must not do the things he/she corrects others. Pointing out the Sun is ok. Eg: a Christian having sex with boyfriend or girlfriend before marriage, while dating. This is sin and it is abomination! It is defiling of the pulpit, and church. Sometimes I hear people say "do not judge, God will judge"! In the name of do not judge, people still living in this type of sin and coming to church and making it look normal. Please help us to understand this. Thanks
Amen
If someone is obviously doing something wrong, is it considered to be judgement if I point that out in love? Do I have to be perfect before I can encourage the behavior of someone else? After all, no human is perfect. How can we help one another if we are not to say anything? Doesn't judgement, in the long run, mean that we are condemning someone to the eternal fire? Only God has that power, right?