Perhaps you had a different idea of what following Jesus would look like. You would join Him in judging the world. You would point out all the “bad” people to God so He could give them what they deserved. But God’s ways are different. You know this because you experienced them for yourself. If you are a Christian, there is no judgment. No condemnation. Instead, He offers mercy and forgiveness. And He wants us to follow Him in demonstrating that mercy to others.
Read Luke 6:37-40.
- What makes it so difficult for humans not to judge?
- Why do you think it’s such a big deal to God that we not condemn others?
- What does the caution against the blind leading the blind warn us against?
Read Luke 6:41-45.
- Why do you think Jesus makes such a harsh comparison for His disciples while seemingly downplaying the faults of others?
- What are some ways you’ve seen those with planks trying to remove splinters from others?
- Jesus said we will be known by our fruit. Does that statement encourage you, worry you, or elicit some other feeling?
Taking it Home:
- When have you found yourself being more critical of others than yourself?
- What practical steps have you taken to reverse that tendency?
- Who is someone you know who follows Christ and honors Him well in this area?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Exodus 23:1-9; Job 42:1-9; Psalm 143; Psalm 101; Isaiah 2; Psalm 138.