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OK, I realize I say this 4 or 5 times a week, but it's true. This is just another amazing chapter, packed with promises and commands on how we should live our lives.
First Jesus reminds us to be careful in how we judge, because we will be judged the same way we judge others. That was a good swift kick in the pants for me today. I'm struggling with an individual that quite honestly I don't trust, I don't trust her motives. Yet, the passage doesn't say don't judge the people you trust, but it's okay to judge the ones you don't trust. No, it says “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. (verse 1 &2)
What's even more convicting is in verse 3-5, basically I need to get the log out of my eye before I start trying to stab the speck out of the other person's eye.
There's the promise of answered prayers if we keep seeking. Of course, there's a lot of debate to be made regarding what answered prayers look like. Sometimes God answers, but we don't like the answers so we pretend we didn't hear anything. (Or is that just me?)
Then Jesus reminds us of the importance of building on a good foundation.
What about you? What do you see in this chapter that excites you or convicts you?