What Jesus Did! 'Quit it!' — Luke 6:37

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Don't judge other people, and you will not be judged. Don't condemn (find guilty) other people, and you will not be condemned. Forgive other people, and you will be forgiven."
— Luke 6:37
Illustration of Luke 6:37 — "Don't judge other people, and you will not be judged. Don't condemn (find guilty) other people, and you will not be condemned. Forgive other people, and you will be forgiven."

Key Thought

Jesus isn't talking hypothetically. He is talking about a problem that has plagued the petty human race for centuries. God doesn't want us judging people's motives. Only he can see inside a person's heart. He loathes the all-too-human practice of judging other's intentions and deeds. We have no right to judge God's servant! If someone's actions are good and kind, we are to accept them as genuine. We are not to judge others. Jesus reminds us that the spirit of judgment with which we treat others will also be the spirit of judgment that becomes the standard others will use to judge us. Instead, we are to be a forgiving people because we know the transforming power of God's forgiveness!

Today's Prayer

Father of glory, I want to intentionally and specifically pray for the forgiveness of those who have wronged me, taken advantage of me, wounded me and/or those I love. Please receive with grace each name that I give to you and do not hold their offenses against them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"Don't judge other people, and you will not be judged. Don't condemn (find guilty) other people, and you will not be condemned. Forgive other people, and you will be forgiven. Give to other people, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to other people is the way God will give to you." Jesus told them this story: "Can a blind man lead another blind man? No! Both of them will fall into a hole. A student is not better than his teacher. But when the student has fully learned, then he will be like his teacher. "Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your brother's eye, but you don't see the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? You say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye.' Why do you say this? You can't see that big piece of wood in your own eye! You are a hypocrite. First, take the piece of wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your brother's eye.

Luke 6:37-42

Related Scripture Readings

I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me." But Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, I am ready to go to jail with you. I will even die with you!" But Jesus said, "Peter, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say you don't know me. You will say this three times!"

Luke 22:32-34

The high priest said to Stephen, "Are these things true?" Stephen answered, "My Jewish fathers and brothers, listen to me. Our glorious God appeared to Abraham, our ancestor. Abraham was in Mesopotamia. This was before he lived in Haran. God said to Abraham, 'Leave your country and your people, and go to the country I will show you.' So Abraham left the country of Chaldea. He went to live in Haran. After Abraham's father died, God sent him to this place here, where you live now. But God did not give Abraham any of this land. God did not give him even a foot of it. But God promised that in the future he would give Abraham this land for himself and for his children. (This was before Abraham had any children.) This is what God said to him: 'Your descendants will live in another country. They will be strangers. The people there will make them slaves and do bad things to them for 400 years. But I will punish the nation that made them slaves.' And God also said, 'After those things happen, your people will come out of that country. Then your people will worship me here in this place.' God made an agreement with Abraham; the sign for this agreement was circumcision. And so when Abraham had a son, he circumcised his son when he was eight days old. His son's name was Isaac. Isaac also circumcised his son Jacob. And Jacob did the same for {his sons. These sons later became} the twelve fathers. "These fathers became jealous of Joseph (their younger brother). They sold Joseph to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with Joseph. Joseph had many troubles there, but God saved him from all those troubles. Pharaoh was the king of Egypt. He liked Joseph and respected him because of the wisdom that God gave Joseph. Pharaoh gave Joseph the job of being a governor of Egypt. He even let Joseph rule over all the people in Pharaoh's house. But all the land of Egypt and of Canaan became dry. It became so dry that food could not grow there. This made the people suffer very much. Our fathers couldnot find anything to eat. But Jacob heard that there was food {stored} in Egypt. So he sent our fathers there. (This was their first trip to Egypt.) Then they went there a second time. This time, Joseph told his brothers who he was. And Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family. Then Joseph sent some men to invite Jacob, his father, to come to Egypt. He also invited all his relatives (75 persons altogether). So Jacob went down to Egypt. Jacob and our fathers {lived there until they} died. Later their bodies were moved to Shechem. They were put in a grave there. (It was the same grave that Abraham had bought in Shechem from the sons of Hamor. He paid them with silver.) "The number of Israelites in Egypt grew. There were more and more of our people there. (The promise that God made to Abraham was soon to come true.) Then a different king began to rule Egypt. He knew nothing about Joseph. This king tricked (deceived) our people. He was bad to our ancestors. The king made them put their children outside to die. This was the time when Moses was born. He was a very fine child. For three months they took care of Moses in his father's house. When they put Moses outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him. She raised him like he was her own son. The Egyptians taught Moses about all the things they knew. He was powerful in the things he said and did. "When Moses was about 40 years old, he thought it would be good to visit his brothers, the Israelites. Moses saw an Egyptian man doing wrong to an Israelite man. So he defended the Israelite. Moses punished the Egyptian for hurting the Israelite; Moses hit him so hard that he died. Moses thought that his Israelite brothers would understand that God was using him to save them. But they did not understand. The next day, Moses saw two Jewish men fighting. He tried to make peace between them. He said, 'Men, you are brothers! Why are you doing wrong to each other?' The man who was doing wrong to the other man pushed Moses away. He said to Moses,'Did anyone say you could be our ruler and judge? No! Will you kill me like you killed the Egyptian man yesterday?' When Moses heard him say this, he left Egypt. He went to live in the land of Midian. He was a stranger there. While Moses lived in Midian, he had two sons. "After 40 years Moses was in the desert near Mount Sinai. An angel appeared to him in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw this, he was amazed. He went near to look closer at it. Moses heard a voice; it was the Lord's (God's). The Lord said, 'I am the same God your ancestors had—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob .' Moses began to shake with fear. He was afraid to look at the bush. The Lord said to him, 'Take off your shoes, because the place where you are now standing is holy ground. I have seen my people suffer much in Egypt. I have heard my people crying. I have come down to save them. Come now, Moses, I am sending you back to Egypt.' "This Moses was the same man the Israelites said they did not want. They had said to him, 'Did anyone say you could be our ruler and judge? No!' Moses is the same man that God sent to be a ruler and savior. God sent Moses with the help of an angel. This was the angel Moses saw in the burning bush. So Moses led the people out. He did powerful things and miracles. Moses did these things in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and then in the desert for 40 years. This is the same Moses that said these words to the Jewish people: 'God will give you a prophet. That prophet will come from among your own people. He will be like me.' This is the same Moses who was with the gathering of God's people in the desert. He was with the angel that spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and he was with our ancestors. Moses received commands from God that give life. Moses gave us those commands. "But our ancestors did not want to obey Moses. They rejected him. They wanted to go back to Egypt again. They said to Aaron, 'Moses led us out of the country of Egypt. But we don'tknow what has happened to him. So make some gods to go before us and lead us.' So the people made an idol that looked like a calf. Then they brought sacrifices (gifts) to it. The people were very happy with what they had made with their own hands! But God turned against them. God finished trying to stop them from worshiping the army {of false gods} in the sky. This is what is written in the book of the prophets : God says, 'You Jewish people did not bring me blood offerings and sacrifices in the desert for 40 years; You carried with you the tent (place of worship) for Moloch (a false god) and the image of the star of your god Rephan. These were the idols you made to worship. So I will send you away beyond Babylon.' "The Holy Tent was with our ancestors in the desert. God told Moses how to make this tent. He made it like the plan that God showed him. Later, Joshua led our ancestors to capture the lands of the other nations. Our people went in and God made the other people go out. When our people went into this new land, they took with them this same tent. Our people received this tent from their fathers, and our people kept it until the time of David. God was very pleased with David. David asked God to let him build a house (temple ) for him, the God of Jacob. But Solomon (David's son) was the person who built the temple. "But the Most High (God) does not live in houses that men build with their hands. This is what the prophet writes: {'The Lord says,} Heaven is my throne. The earth is a place to rest my feet. What kind of house can you build for me? There is no place where I need to rest! Remember, I made all these things!'" {Then Stephen said,} "You stubborn Jewish leaders! You have not given your hearts to God! You won't listen to him! You are always against what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you. Your ancestors did this, and you are just like them! Your ancestors persecuted every prophet that ever lived. Those prophets said long ago that the Righteous One(Christ ) would come. But your ancestors killed those prophets. And now you have turned against the Righteous One and killed him. You are the people that received the law {of Moses}. God gave you this law through his angels. But you don't obey this law!" The Jewish leaders heard Stephen say these things. They became very angry. The Jewish leaders were so mad that they were grinding their teeth at Stephen. But Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. Stephen looked up into the sky. He saw the Glory of God. He saw Jesus standing at God's right side. Stephen said, "Look! I see heaven open. And I see the Son of Man standing at God's right side!" Then the Jewish leaders all shouted with a loud voice. They closed (covered) their ears with their hands. They all ran at Stephen together. They took him out of the city and threw rocks at him until he was dead. The men who told lies against Stephen gave their coats to a young man named Saul. Then they threw rocks at Stephen. But Stephen was praying. He said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

Acts 7:-59

Brothers and sisters, don't say things against each other. If you criticize your brother {in Christ} or judge him, then you are criticizing the law {he follows}. When you judge a brother {in Christ}, you are really judging the law {he follows}. And when you are judging the law, you are not a follower of the law. You have become a judge!

James 4:11

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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