Jeremy Jernigan – Pastor of Worship Arts
This weekend we were back in Luke looking at “The Why Behind the What” – the principles that form the foundation of Jesus’ teaching and ministry. In Luke 6:37-42, Jesus spells out some very simple truths about how God’s Kingdom works that are based on the idea that you reap what you sow. This gets played out specifically in the fact that if we judge and condemn, Jesus says God will judge and condemn us. On the other hand, if we choose to show mercy and forgive, then God will show mercy to us and forgive us. By choosing to take Jesus as our example, we learn to live out mercy and forgiveness. It is incredibly easy to see the faults in others, but we are reminded that we have no place to judge those because of our own faults.
Other verses and quotes included:
Proverbs 11:25; Matthew 12:36-37, 18:23-35; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 6:7; Ephesians 4:32; James 2:13
“Certainly very few things do as much damage and cause as much dissension within marriages, churches and workplaces as a critical tongue and attitude.” Larry Sarver
Cal ended with some great questions to reflect on: If God chooses to treat you the way you treat people… what’s in store for you? If you know you’re going to need God’s forgiveness, why not show it to others now?