It was a snowy day and I was sitting at home wishing I was with my friends. All of a sudden I had a million messages show up on my phone, all about my cousin Robert who had just been arrested for buying alcohol (with a fake ID) for some 14-year-old boys. I knew I would see him at a family birthday party on Saturday and I was wondering, what will I say when I see him?
1. Read Matthew 7:1-5. What does this say about us when we think about judging others?
2. What does it mean in verse 2 when it says, “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you”?
3. Who is the ultimate judge? How do we know what his standards are?
4. Does this passage mean we should overlook wrongdoing in others?
5. What are some behaviors we know the Bible does not support?
6. What are some less dramatic actions we are tempted to do everyday?
Have you ever judged someone for one of these and then found yourself doing the same thing?
7. What about the person in our story? How do you think Jesus would have advised her to respond to her cousin?
8. Have you ever been in a situation where someone you know did something you believe to be wrong and you were tempted to judge them? How did you handle it?
9. Read 1 Corinthians 4:5. How does looking to Jesus as our ultimate judge help free us from being judgmental and give us compassion for people?
10. Share a situation in which you currently have a judgmental attitude toward someone you know. According the the passages we’ve read today, what do you think Jesus would want you to do?
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