Lesson 7: Sermon on the Mount: Judging

Lesson 7: Sermon on the Mount: Judging


Dig In to the Bible
·       Read: Matthew 7:1-6
·       In This Passage: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that the way we judge others is the way we will be judged. He tells his listeners to focus on getting themselves right with God first, rather than pointing out the flaws in others while ignoring their own. While we can come alongside friends and help them, it’s not our job to judge others.
·       Bible Point: God’s the judge…not us.
·       Summary Verse: “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34).

Dig Deeper
·       God’s the judge…not us. Young kids may not consciously judge others, but they certainly don’t have a filter when it comes to pointing out flaws or abnormalities! Older kids have developed somewhat of a filter but are starting to identify and judge others who seem weird. Tattling can also be an issue, with the goal of getting others in trouble rather than helping them grow. Help kids focus on their own relationship with God first and learn how to help others rather than judge them.
·       Think About: What are some things you often judge about other people? Ask God to show you what those judgments reveal about yourself.

Dig In to Prayer
·       Ask God to show your kids that even though there’s a lot he could judge about us, he chooses to see us through loving eyes. And ask that God would give kids his loving eyes to see others.

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