Friday, January 23, 2009

What's That In Your Eye? (Matt. 7:1-5)

Together, read Matthew 7:1-5.

When Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”, do you think he meant men will judge us or God will judge us? Why? (can you say “both”?)

How have you heard or seen people use verse 3 wrongly? (perhaps in self-defense?)

Consider three possible reasons someone might take a judgmental attitude toward others:

* To feel better about themselves

* To avoid thinking about their own faults

* Because they see similar weaknesses in themselves

Have you ever been judgmental toward someone for one of these reasons? Talk about how you could have done it differently.

Does this passage mean we should never approach or confront someone who is doing something wrong? Why or why not?

Read the following passages and talk about what they teach us regarding confrontation:

* Proverbs 9:8

* Proverbs 13:1

* Proverbs 25:12

* Proverbs 28:23

As a group develop some guidelines for “healthy confrontation”.

What are the “planks in your eye” (some areas in your life that you need to correct)?

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