Red Letter Year: 3/25

Matthew 7:1-14

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.


This passage seems to be about trust to me. Do we trust God enough to take care of people’s specks? Do we trust God enough to keep asking, even when answers seem slow in coming? Do we trust God to take care of us? Do we trust God enough to follow his plan of us doing for others what we wish they would do for us? This requires trust because really following the Golden Rule makes us quite vulnerable to being taken advantage of. Do we trust God for when that happens? Do we really believe this in a new kingdom God is establishing through our labor? I hope we do. God is trustworthy. Try really following these for a week and see what happens. God doesn’t mind the chance to prove Godself. God will show you that your trust is well placed.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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