“The gospel takes a critical heart and makes it generous.”

As Jesus begins to sum up the Sermon on the Mount, he addresses the way we engage others. In a fascinating set of images, he demonstrates that disciples are to lovingly evaluate others for their good, not stand over them in condemnation. At the same time, disciples are to be wise in the way they move out into the world, always being discerning in relationships. When we live this out as Christians today, we become both winsome and wise.

Application Questions

1. What are some ways you are quick to condemn others?  

2. What are some ways you are quick to excuse your own sin? 

3. How does Jesus’ love for you help you to be quick to love and slow to condemn? 

4. What are some specific ways you can be more wise and loving in your relationships with others this week?

Further Resources

“Don't Assume” by Kevin DeYoung (Article)

“11 Questions to Discern a Judgmental Heart” by Trevin Wax (Article)

“Judge Not?” by Jon Bloom (Article)

Reading Plan and Prayer Guide

Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:

Monday: James 4:11-12
Tuesday: Romans 14:1-12
Wednesday: Romans 14:13-19
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Friday: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:

Insight: Ask God to open your eyes so you can see the truth in his word and how it applies to your life

Confess: Admit to God the different ways you are quick to condemn others and quick to excuse yourself

Wrestle: Work through your thoughts, feelings, and emotions with God in prayer

Request: Ask God to change your heart and reveal practical steps you can take

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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