Friday 23 August 2013

Matthew 7:1-14 - Judging and asking

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Jesus continues teaching, now approaching the end of what he has to say.

In Matthew 7:1-14 he deals with judging and making requests in prayer. We lack the authority to judge and doing so lays us open to judgement. We will be treated as we treat others. The saying about the sawdust and the plank emphasises the same point.

And in verse 12 he makes the astonishing statement that treating others right is a way of summarising the law. The rule of love is actually the only rule we need.

And it's also the key to reaching the people around us - just love them! The old and new commandments summed up in one word - love. Only Jesus ever spoke like this, no wonder he was popular with the people!

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