Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week Pastor Greg covers Matthew 6:33-7:2. Jesus tells us why we shouldn’t worry and why we should be mindful of the standards and measures we apply when judging the behavior of others as right or wrong.
But above all pursue His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ~ Matthew 6:33
So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. ~ Matthew 6:34
Be anxious for NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ~ Philippians 4:6
to ask or beg for something earnestly and humbly
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:28-30
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7
Do not judge so that you will not be judged. ~ Matthew 7:1
κρίνω – krinó (GREEK)
to separate or distinguish between two things. To judge; to come to a choice, a decision or a judgment. To condemn.
Notably, the same word applies to BOTH making a positive judgment (a verdict in favor of something) AND a negative judgment (a verdict that rejects or condemns something.
For with the judgment you are judging, you will be judged; and with the measurement you are measuring, you will be measured. ~ Matthew 7:2
Jesus here is saying don’t “condemn.”
When people say “The Bible says DO NOT JUDGE!” and feel like that settles the issue once and for all, completely, that we should never ever judge, for any reason, under any circumstance, it is clear that they have never actually read the entire Bible. It says no such thing.