Overall Theme: Jesus is serious about sin.
- At its root, judgment is ego-driven.
- Judgment demeans and excludes.
3 Reasons not to Judge (v.39-41)
- If God is at work through them, He’s probably at work in them.
- Direction is often a better spiritual gauge than boundary.
- God’s provision comes from all types of places.
Sin is serious to Jesus (v.42).
- Causing another to stumble is sin because it is unloving to your neighbor.
- Tests of family: what you’re willing to do for one another and what you’re not willing to do to one another.
- This is a powerful reminder that sin never happens in isolation.
Because we follow Jesus, sin is serious to us (v.43-49).
- The use of hyperbole is designed to get our attention.
- The enticement to life is designed to prompt our affection.
- The reminder of hell is designed to keep us serious about sin.
Seriousness about sin is distinctive (v.50)
- Salt mixed with gypsum can lose its distinctive properties.
- If your love for God and hatred for sin are not growing, it is perfectly legitimate to ask if you’re following Christ.
- The distinction of following always plays out in relationships.