Only God Can Judge Me! The rally cry in Miley Cyrus' song says that only God can judge us. A literal reading of Matthew 7:1 says that this is true. But what is truth?

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The Gospel Reading
Matthew 7:1-6

1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
4How 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?5You 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.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Reading for the Church
Galatians 6:1-10

My spiritual brothers and sisters, if one of our faithful has fallen into a trap and is snared by sin, don’t stand idle and watch his demise. Gently restore him, being careful not to step into your own snare. 2 Shoulder each other’s burdens, and then you will live as the law of the Anointed teaches us. 3 Don’t take this opportunity to think you are better than those who slip because you aren’t; then you become the fool and deceive even yourself. 4 Examine your own works so that if you are proud, it will be because of your own accomplishments and not someone else’s. 5 Each person has his or her own burden to bear and story to write.
6 Remember to share what you have with your mentor in the Word.
7 Make no mistake: God can’t be mocked. What you give is what you get. What you sow, you harvest. 8 Those who sowseeds into their flesh will only harvest destruction from their sinful nature. But those who sow seeds into the Spirit shall harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord because in His season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist. 10 So seize any opportunity the Lord gives you to do good things and be a blessing to everyone, especially those within our faithful family.


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Putting Mis-Quoted Bible Verse Back Where They Belong. 

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Both songs are the clean version.


Only God Can Judge Me.
Luke 7:1

1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

  • If we only look at verse one,

  • Then does it mean, Only God can Judge Me?

  • If not, then why?

Luke 7:2-6

2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
4How 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?5You 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.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Be Salt and Light
Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Gently Gently
Galatians 6:1-5

1Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5for each one should carry their own load. 


The Points to Take Home

  • Don’t use the bible like a machine gun to tear them down and show them how sinful they are.
  • Jesus never says ignore sin and do whatever you want,   He never says only god can judge you.
  • Jesus says "Only God Can Judge me"
  • The key to a humble attitude is simply coming to your brother or sister with the thought in your head that you may be wrong.
  • Don’t tear one another down but to build one another up.
  • Because that is bringing the redemption of Jesus to the creation. 

Read Later

  • 1 Corinthians. (yes all of it)
  • Galatians (yes all of it) 
  • Ever notice how thankful Paul is for the struggling Corinthian believers and angry he is with the self-righteous Galatians?


Interesting Articles from Faith of Theology

Faith Involves Your Brain, Too

For years, I participated in small groups and Bible studies feeling like there must be something wrong with me. I couldn’t connect to the kind of devotional, emotional spirituality so many of my friends seemed to enjoy; and most of the time I’d rather study the details of Paul’s arguments about justification than meditate on a Psalm. Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/faith-involves-your-brain-too#LllK5uSvzYfL2Dzq.99

For years, I participated in small groups and Bible studies feeling like there must be something wrong with me. I couldn’t connect to the kind of devotional, emotional spirituality so many of my friends seemed to enjoy; and most of the time I’d rather study the details of Paul’s arguments about justification than meditate on a Psalm.
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/faith-involves-your-brain-too#LllK5uSvzYfL2Dzq.99

The comma of grace.

I found it in Luke 22. In that chapter, Jesus is being led away. He is headed to the cross. A million prophecies are coming true and chaos is breaking out a little amongst disciples that up to this point have sworn to serve until death. In the midst of that, he pulls Simon aside because he knows that Simon will soon betray him. He says to Simon in Luke 22:31-32: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.” - See more at: http://stuffchristianslike.net/2014/04/23/42780/#sthash.gq2Dzgh2.dpuf

I found it in Luke 22. In that chapter, Jesus is being led away. He is headed to the cross. A million prophecies are coming true and chaos is breaking out a little amongst disciples that up to this point have sworn to serve until death. In the midst of that, he pulls Simon aside because he knows that Simon will soon betray him.

He says to Simon in Luke 22:31-32:
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.”

- See more at: http://stuffchristianslike.net/2014/04/23/42780/#sthash.gq2Dzgh2.dpuf



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