*WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Raul is a friend of yours. He says he would never become a Christian because he knows too many people who say they’re Christians but who are hypocrites*. How would you respond to Raul?
Hypocrites: Those who tell people to do things they themselves don’t do (Urban Dictionary); those who act like they live by a certain standard when they don’t.
People are not hypocrites just because they have certain standards (like those that go with following Jesus) and invite others to the same. The problem arises when people act like they don’t have faults but actually do, failing to live in a humble way that admits they’re as messed up as the next person.
WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT THIS?
*1. Read John 8:1–5. Describe what is happening.
*2. Read John 8:6‒9. What does verse 6 say about the motives of the religious leaders?
*3. What is Jesus’ point in verse 7?
*4. What do Jesus’ words and the response of the religious leaders show about the hearts of these people (verses 7‒9)?
5. Read John 8:10–11. How does Jesus handle things with the woman once the religious leaders leave?
HOW DO WE APPLY THIS TO OUR LIVES?
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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