Pastor Tanner Bezet
“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. “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? 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? 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 7:1-5
In today’s devo, Tanner talks about a time when he did something wrong that hurt others, and he should have been judged, but he was treated with mercy and grace!
Beyond the moment of our redemption and our salvation, Jesus is calling us to live a radically different life that demonstrates mercy and grace towards others—even when they don’t deserve it—as God himself has shown towards us.
Tanner invites you to look for an opportunity this week when maybe somebody in your life who doesn't even deserve a second chance, you choose to hold onto an attitude of forgiveness, allowing the light of Christ to shine through you, so that you become a witness through not just your words but also your actions—the most powerful way to bring people to Jesus!
Question: Do you find yourself showing mercy towards others? Or would you say you generally lean towards judging others?
Family Chat: When you get in trouble, why is your first response to say, "but he..." or "but she..."? Tell them about Jesus' instruction to first look at the log in your eye before the speck in your brother/sister's eye (You should laugh. It's a funny word picture.)
Take Action: Look for an opportunity this week to extend mercy and grace toward someone, regardless of whether or not they deserve a second chance. Choose to forgive them this week, having the same attitude that Christ has towards you.