Today’s passage: Luke 6:37-45
- It is not wrong to have an understanding of what is right and wrong. Otherwise, it would be impossible to say it is wrong to think you are better than everybody else. Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
- Anyone who tries to use this verse (“Judge not, and you will not be judged”), to tell people to stop acknowledging right and wrong are violating the same principle.
- There is a major difference between being judgmental and condemnatory versus being aware of right and wrong and loving your neighbor.
- Galatians 6:1-2 – “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
- A sinner who know he/she has been rescued by the grace and love of God will exemplify grace and love.
Questions to consider:
- How would you describe a loving confrontation over sin versus a judgmental confrontation? How would they be different? What would be the differing goals of the one addressing the problem?
- Why do we say the things we do? Is it ever correct to say, “That wasn’t me” when we say something we regret? Why or why not?
- How does the Gospel help you to attack the problem and not the person when something is wrong? How does God’s love for you through Christ give you the right frame of mind to help others?