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A Judgment Call

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Matthew 7:1-6 (NIV)

1“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 then turn and tear you to pieces.

I.        Introduction:

II.      Exercise Judgment Cautiously: A Gag Order

A.      Judgment to be Restricted

1.       The Prohibition: Dishing it Out

2.       The Warning: Taking It

B.      Judgment to be Reaped

1.       Judgment Returned: A Certainty

2.       Judgment Measured: A Yield

III.   Examine Yourself Critically: Take the Stand

A.      The Witness is Cross Examined

1.       Concentrating on Others

2.       Missing the Obvious

B.      The Work of Correction Enabled

1.       Through Hypocrisy Being Removed

a)       Recognized In Self-examination

b)       Removed In Surgery

2.       Through Help Being Offered

a)       Able to See Clearly

b)       Able to Operate Successfully

IV.    Extend Help Carefully: Held in Contempt

A.      Holy Things Held in Reserve

1.       Considering the Treasure

2.       Considering the Trash

B.      Holy Things Held in Contempt

1.       An Insult: The Act of Desecration

2.       An Assault: The Act of Destruction

V.      Conclusion:

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