When Tim suspects his rival in the Sunday School Bible memory contest is a cheater, it's time for a Western-style showdown! But these outlaws are using Bible verses instead of six-shooters! What lesson will our "quick draws" learn? It's a return to Old-Time Radio drama on the next DOWN GILEAD LANE!
How about you
Do you ever find yourself hurting others with your knowledge of Scripture? What is the difference between "reproof" and "judging wrongfully"?
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During His time on earth, Jesus ran into a lot of people who used their vast knowledge of Scripture to hurt others. Luke chapter 6 we find Jesus addressing people like this. In verses 37 through 42, he says:
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Jesus wants to remind us that none of us is better than the rest. We are all blind, we are all students, we all have something in our eye that needs to be taken out. If we can remember to be grateful for what we have received from the Lord, and humbly offer of ourselves to others, then we will be on our way to understanding the difference between using Scripture for "reproof" and using it to hurt one another.