Monday, December 9, 2013, Part 1

"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck out of your eye,' and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye. Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces" (Matthew 7:1-6).

IDEA: When we deal with our own sin, we are better able to help other people deal with their sin.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize why having dealt with their own sin may help them deal with other people's sins.

Have you ever discovered that other people had gossiped about you and judged you?

How did you react?

I. Have you ever had a conversation in which the group gossiped about someone who was present [absent]?

Did you talk about the other person's strengths or only about his/her weaknesses or sins?

When we talk about someone's sins, faults, or failures, why do we do it?

II. Have you ever been involved in a conversation in which you were guilty of the same things you judged others for (7:5)?

In Jesus' illustration, who had the speck and who had the plank? What do you think the "plank" and the "speck" stand for in Jesus' story?

When we are involved in judging others, who may have the "speck" and who may have the "plank"?

III. How does the principle Jesus talks about in this story help rehab groups to work successfully?

After we have dealt with the plank in our own eye, does that help us help those with the speck in their eye? How?

Conclusion:

Oswald Chambers: "You only have some sawdust in your eye, but I had a huge log in mine. What God has done for me, he can easily do for you."

The apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, "If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently."