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Do not judge…

-Matthew 7:1a

Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.

-John 7:24

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

-Matthew 7:1-2

I often judge others by their and myself on my .

You can see the speck in your friend's eye, but you don't notice the plank in your own eye. How 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?

-Matthew 7:3-4

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

-Romans 3:23

You 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.

-Matthew 7:5

1. is not a .

2. Judgment has a effect.

3. The first step in correcting someone else is to see and remove our own .

4. Effective is done with kindness, gentleness, and humility.

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Have you used or heard someone else say something like, “Well the bible says, ‘do not judge’”. How has this message given you a new understanding of that phrase?

2. Re-read Matthew 7:1-5. How is the Holy Spirit speaking to you personally through these verses?

3. Gilbert gave 4 principles for helping to biblically correct others. Which one do you need to work on improving?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?