Overview - Matthew 7:1-12
Oh, how quick we are to judge others. Often the things that we judge others on are the things that we struggle with ourselves. Jesus is quick to tell us that we should examine ourselves before we attempt to help correct someone else. We should run to God for knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. He will give us discernment in all things if we trust in Him.
People often give up and conclude that God is not for them. We ask for things that we think we need. When we don’t get what we want, we automatically think that God doesn’t want us to be happy. The story we read illustrates a father’s love for his son - for whom He provides bread and fish, two things that are essential. He doesn’t bring him a stone or a snake. Our heavenly Father wants to provide for us the things that we need.
The last part of this passage brings us to the golden rule, “do to others what you would have them do to you.” This is a simple act of goodness that is modeled for us in the Gospel. God is so good, and He loves us every day.
Read Matthew 7:1-12
OBSERVE: Make an outline of the major points from the text. What stood out to you? Did you see any repetition? Lists? Commands? Promises? Are there questions that you have trouble answering?
SUMMARIZE: In a sentence or two summarize the main idea of the passage.
APPLY: Where are you in the story? How do these words challenge you? What is God asking you to do in obedience to His Word?
Read Matthew 7:1-12
Based on Jesus’ teaching in this passage, why should His followers avoid adopting an attitude of judgement towards others?
What do you think you should be asking God for that you have not asked Him for?
Is Matthew 7:12 a sufficient guide to solve all of our problems?
READ Luke 6:37-42
Jesus does not intend for us to ignore others who do wrong, but we should not be so consumed with everyone else that we overlook ourselves. We must be mindful of our own actions and make sure we are seeking Him and following His direction.
Read 1 John 3:21-22
God wants us to come to Him and make our requests known to Him. If we approach God with a clean heart, our requests will be heard. This doesn’t guarantee that everything we ask of God will be given to us. If we are truly seeking His will, there will most likely be requests that we will not make.
READ romans 13:8-10
We are permanently in debt to our Savior for the love He has for us. We are called to reciprocate this love towards Him and to others.