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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:37 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 22:32-34
  • Acts 7:-59
  • James 4:11

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About This Devotional

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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