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Matthew 7:1-12 Part 1

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Judging

Context of this Passage

Matthew 5:20 ESV
For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

- Woes to Scribes and Pharisees

Bad Theology from this Passage

Never, ever, ever under any circumstances judge.

Evidence of Judging Others in the Bible

Matthew 18

1 Corinthians 2:15 ESV
The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.

Galatians 6:1
Galatians 6:1 ESV
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Clearly, amongst Followers of Christ there should be judging.

Self - Judging
Psalm 139:
Psalm 139:23–24 ESV
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Correcting Others

“Not to rebuke sin is a form of hatred, not love.”

John MacArthur
Leviticus 19:17 ESV
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.
Proverbs 27:5–6 ESV
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
Galatians 6:1 ESV
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

When We Judge, There Must be a Standard!

John 7:24 ESV
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
Isaiah 65:16 ESV
so that he who blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of truth, and he who takes an oath in the land shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from my eyes.
John 14:6 ESV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
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Psalm 119:160 ESV
The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
John 17:17 ESV
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
2 Timothy

How to Correct

What to Correct

What to not Correct

What do we learn from this passage

1) We must not judge in the wrong way or for the wrong reason.
b) Pregnancy ministry – Pregnancy is the result of sin…
i) Aren’t you glad your sin doesn’t show on the outside.
2) We should judge ourselves – Get those logs out of our eyes.
3) We should work in community to help each other live like Followers of Christ!
4) When we are helping others:
a) Do it in love
b) Be humble
c) Use the TRUTH
5) Be willing to have others show us love by helping correct us.
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