Your fellow worker has a speck of sawdust in his eye that he needs help removing. Am I frequently judging my own life, down to the thought level, by God’s Word? Then I ask him what the problem is and he says, “I’m not perfect, but that woman is impossible to please!” Off he goes listing all of her faults. We want him to pay for what he did. Everyone who has received God’s mercy knows himself as a sinner who deserves God’s judgment. AIM: To see the principles for godly living and the examples of the “how-to” of godly living. This is a continuation of (verse 17), in the last lesson which said they came to be healed of their diseases. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. If you are quick to forgive, others will be prone to forgive you. When the king heard of how he had treated his fellow slave, he threw the first slave into prison and demanded that he repay everything he owed him. An unforgiving spirit is a judgmental spirit, opposed to God’s mercy. [30] Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 7:6). I take it to mean both. When I frown in the mirror it frowns back. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (6:36). Is pleasing Christ the focus of my life? Close in prayer asking God to help each child love their enemies. Commentary on Luke 6:27-36 (Read Luke 6:27-36) These are hard lessons to flesh and blood. General Oglethorpe once said to John Wesley, “I never forgive and I never forget.” Wesley replied, “Then, sir, I hope you never sin.” If we are sinners who need mercy, we must show God’s mercy to those who have wronged us. [27] “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, [28] bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. That’s what love it like. When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22), Jacob: When God Turns Darkness into Dawn (Expository Sermons On O.T. Every week, thousands of churches use our Bible lessons, craft ideas, printable resources, and coloring pages to teach kids the Christian faith. Making the Sabbath Too Much Work (Luke 6:1-11) 1. Someone yells at you. I don’t have all day!” But if a guy is riding my tail, I say, “Back off! Does our Lord mean that people will treat us that way? This is illustrated by an incident in the childhood of Louis Mayer, the founder of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio. But you won’t begin to love the other person as you should and you won’t grow spiritually until you begin to confront your own sins with God’s Word. As Paul said, “the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me” (Gal. Answer: Give when whatever they need. You’ll say, “Brother, I sympathize with you, because I used to have far more than a speck in my eye. These men were marked by spiritual pride. Brent Kercheville March 7, 2010 Click here to listen to this lesson. For young children, and really everyone, the natural response is to respond to anger with anger. I see this often when I counsel couples with marriage problems. Thank you! AN END TO RECIPROCITY. Luke 6 - NIV: One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. [33] And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? It is generally true that if you are a merciful person, not condemning others for their faults, others will be gracious toward you. What a great lesson But if we are thoroughly grounded in the faith of Christ's love, this will make his commands easy to us. Learning Aim:  Jesus wants us to love your enemies. But Jesus’ words also apply to God’s treatment of us, both now (through other people, as just mentioned) and in the future judgment when we stand before Him. The description “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap” comes from the grain markets of that day. It’s the same with loving people. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Say, Now I know what you might be thinking: Why should I be nice to someone who is mean to me? Only those who have personally tasted of God’s great mercy can show such mercy toward others. “Do unto others as they do unto you” is simple justice, and has been enshrined in law at least since the Code of Hammurabi (18th Century B.C. If we want God’s blessing in our lives, we must go God’s way, which is usually counter to the ways of the natural man. Then you realize that you’ve got a lot of growing to do. Jesus is not teaching here that some people are inherently good, while others are not. 1:8, 9). But if they will follow the merciful Lord Jesus, they will become like Him. Luke 6:27-38 . Remember the question that I asked in our last study, a question I often ask those who come to me for counsel: Do you want God’s blessing in your life? If we do not judge others, we will not be judged. Say: It was pretty easy to get the bean bag in the first two buckets but harder to get it in the last one. John, the apostle of love, exposed and condemned those who denied apostolic teaching and told the believers not even to receive such people into their house or give them a greeting (1 John 2:18-26; 2 John 10, 11). This lesson teaches children that they should do the opposite and love their enemies instead of hate them. Give each child a coffee filter and a washable marker. 3:15; 2 Cor. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), … (Eph. But then that slave went out and grabbed a fellow slave who owed him a few thousand dollars (a hundred days’ wages). Then he would pour in more grain until it ran over. Non-italicized words are directions. They will seek to please God, beginning on the thought level. Please use our childrens ministry curriculum and Sunday School material for any purpose that brings honor to Jesus. [32] “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? “Now,” she said, “call out, ‘God bless you.’” He did so and back came “God bless you.” Mayer said he never forgot that lesson. The Word is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, exposing us before God’s holy standards (Heb. On the human plane, the statements are proverbial in the sense that they are generally true, not absolutely true in every case. Thus they must take the log out of their own eye before they try to help others with the speck in their eye (6:41-42). Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 1998, All Rights Reserved. Dear Brittany Someone asks you for something. Give each child a heart shaped sticker to help them remember to love others this week. 7:15). It’s a warning to be careful to follow spiritual leaders who confront their own sins and to avoid leaders who are self-righteous. We will be saved, yet so as through fire (1 Cor. The word for “log” refers to the main supporting beam of a house.