John 1:1-8; Matthew 7:1-5
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”
What are they?
What do they stand for?
Why do we throw them?
At what or whom do we throw them?
“Do not judge or you too will be judged”
We judge all the time - how can we not judge?
Specks of sawdust and planks
Grace and accountability and holy living…
Sweet Lord, hear our cries for mercy and help and forgiveness and making good decisions and being good witnesses. We ask for Your help to live our lives in a holy manner - keeping the faith - not easily giving in to the stuff of the world - and doing that with Your compassionate eyes and heart Jesus. Help us to walk what seems like a narrow tightrope at times between defending the faith and opening wide the doors of the church - and Your Kingdom. Thanks for being patient while we figure some of these things out. In Your might name. Amen
Next Week: Jesus said, “Come to me you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.
Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC