LUKE 6:42 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (Nov 9-16)
The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye” (Luke 6:42).
SERIES INTRO: This is the 8th part in a new series looking at the concept of Grace. What is it? Grace in Christian theology is “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings” (Google dictionary). Grace is a hard word for us to understand. However, no word in the Bible is perhaps more important for us to understand. It is the foundation that underpins our understanding of how Salvation works and how God interacts with Believers. Let's spend some time trying to understand God's wonderful grace.
THIS WEEK: We have different weaknesses and different temptations, different struggles and different trials. And even if we have the same trial as someone else, their situation and the grace God has given them may be different (Grace as the second definition - the blessings, support, strength, joy, etc. that God bestows in different measure in different Believers' lives - we're not talking about the grace of Salvation here, which is given equally to all who put their faith in Jesus). Don’t assume you know what your Brother or Sister are going through. Because of our flawed human ideas about favor and blessings being merited - namely that we earn what God gives us by good deeds and good behavior - we are often quick to judge one another. We see someone struggling or tempted or sad and we shame them with judgement – "How could you do that?" or “You just need to do this or that." Out of our grace-filled lives we comment on their sufficient-grace lives. Grace is a gift from God for His purposes in your life, which we often don't understand fully. Grace is unmerited. It is God’s grace that enables anyone to resist temptation, endure hardship, be successful, etc. And people who have been given less grace, or different types of grace, may struggle more with trials and temptations in their life.
I used to think gambling was the stupidest thing ever, and I judged people who struggled with it. But then I realized that many of my Brothers and Sisters equally thought my personal struggles with other things made me foolish. And they judged me, just as I had judged others. We don’t like to see our own failings (especially when they're beams), but we have an eagle eye for everyone else’s failings (even if its only a speck). You know this. We've all looked at someone struggling with something and thought, “how could they do that?” or “how could they be like that!” Our first reaction is to see their fault, judge them in comparison to ourselves, and then try to fix them. But we are instructed in God’s Word to show grace to one another – unmerited favor! They don't deserve our understanding, kindness, support, strength, etc., but then neither do we! The truth is, we have to see from God’s eyes, not our own. If we judge ourselves rightly by the example of Jesus Christ, we are all failures, but failures saved by the unmerited grace of God's Salvation. In God's eyes, we are all undeserving of His grace, favor, and blessings. So, when you are preparing to judge someone else's life, remember that it is the grace of God that has given you strength in the area of their weakness – it is not of yourself, so that you should boast, nor condemn them.
May we give grace to one another just as we have received grace in our lives from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6).
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).
“For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).
“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble’” (James 4:6).
“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:2).
“Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things” (Romans 2:1).
“The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him” (Romans 14:3).
“Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4).
“But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.’ So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way” (Romans 14:10-13).
“But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves” (1 Corinthians 5:13).
“But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:31-32).
“And you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, ‘You sit here in a good place,’ and you say to the poor man, ‘You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,’ have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” (James 2:3-4)
“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?” (James 4:10-12)
“Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door” (James 5:9).