Passage: Matthew 7:1
Lead with Grace Summary
- Jesus packs his core teachings into a very concise Sermon on the Mount - so we must pay attention to every word.
- He warns against hypocrisy and judgmentalism - the very things Christians are often accused of.
- Judging rightly is different than having a judgmental spirit. We should listen to Jesus, not get defensive.
- We have all been forgiven a huge debt by Christ - this should produce humility and grace toward others.
- A focus on personal holiness can subtly lead to self-righteous judgment of others' sin. We have to remember we are still sinners saved by grace.
- Jesus says we will be judged in the same way we judge others. This should make us more gracious.
- Leading with grace, patience, understanding should be the hallmark of Christ-followers.
- Since judgmental attitudesblind us, we should invite God to show us where self-righteousness lives in us.
- When have you sensed Christians being accused of hypocrisy or judgmental attitudes? What truth might there be in these critiques?
- Why do you think a rigorous pursuit of holiness can lead to self-righteousness? How can we avoid this temptation?
- How does remembering the grace and mercy God has given you shape your attitude towards those who are still lost or struggling with sin?
- Do you think Christians broadly struggle with judgmental attitudes today? What causes this?
- What does it look like practically to "lead with grace" toward all people, even those you strongly disagree with?
- What tips would you give for recognizing self-righteousness and judgmentalism in ourselves? How can we invite God's light to expose this?