“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
“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, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Ask, Seek, Knock
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
True and False Prophets
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
By their fruit you will recognize them.
Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles?
Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house,
and it fell with a great crash.”
When Jesus had finished saying these things,
the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because
he taught as one who had authority,
and not as their teachers of the law.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,"
as "The Golden Rule," is indeed a biblical principle.
Luke 6:31 records Jesus saying,
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
This statement is in the context of a lesson from
Jesus about loving our enemies.
Jesus took the conventional quid pro quo method
of treating people and turned it on its head
(see Matthew 5:38-48).
Rather than doing to others what they have done to us
or giving them what they may deserve,
we are to treat them the way we want them to treat us.
In Matthew 7:12 Jesus says
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Thus, the Golden Rule has always been a basic part of the Bible’s message.
Later in Matthew, when asked what the greatest commandment is,
“’Love the Lord your God
all your heart and with all
and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets
hang on these two commandments”
The night of His arrest, Jesus said to
His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another”
Jesus’ love for us is perfect, unchanging, and self-sacrificial.
Our capacity to love others the way Jesus commands
comes only from our experience of His love and
the power of the
One practical way to love others better is to imagine
ourselves in their shoes.
When we pause to think how we might
like to be treated in a certain situation,
we build empathy
for those actually living in that situation
Do we like to be treated with
love and respect?
Then we should give that gift to others.
is part of what is commonly called
the Sermon on the Mount.
It’s a description of the truly righteous life, an outlining
of “the law of Christ” (1 Corinthians 9:21, ESV).
When Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you,”
continual prayer is in view (Matthew 7:7a).
Prayer is how we communicate our needs and desires to God.
Of course, God, being omniscient, knows what Christians need
whether they ask or not, but prayer is the means
God has chosen to bring about those answers
Jesus is not saying that
believers always get what they ask for--
wrong motives, for example,
will hinder answers to prayer
However, the more time
a Christian spends in communion with God,
the more he or she will know what to ask for
in accordance with God’s will.
Prayer, in and of itself, does not produce sanctification
(an increasing holiness in a believer’s life),
but it does show a dependence on God for needs that can be met no other way. God is always pleased with such displays of faith. It is only faith in what God can do, and what Christ has done,
that brings about true sanctification,
not an artificial self-righteousness
Jesus went on to say, “Seek, and you will find”
What is it believers ought to be seeking?
It is God Himself! “You have said, ‘Seek my face.’
My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek’”
“The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the
Lord lack no good thing”
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
“Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart”
God is not hiding from His children.
His heart’s desire is for us to persistently and passionately
look for Him all around us, and when we do,
He promises He will be found (Proverbs 8:17).
Seeking is a matter of paying attention with an
engaged mind and acute awareness.
Earlier in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said
to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”
Seeking God’s kingdom means putting God’s plan before our own; seeking
God’s righteousness means setting a
priority on personal holiness and desiring to be sanctified.
Jesus then said, “Knock and the door will be opened to you”
Here, the Lord uses a metaphor for the action a desire produces.
If a person needs something from someone behind a door,
the most natural thing to do is knock--
and keep knocking until the door is opened and the desire is met.
In the same way, a believer should pray in faith for God’s provision
and be persistent in prayer
(see Luke 18:1)
Ask, seek, knock.
Notice the three different senses being considered here. Asking is verbal; Christians are to use their mouths and petition God for their needs and desires. And believers are to seek with their minds—this is more than asking; it is a setting of priorities and a focusing of the heart. To knock involves physical movement, one in which the Christian takes action. Although asking and seeking are of great importance, they would be incomplete without knocking.
The apostle John said Christians ought not to love in word alone but with actions also (1 John 3:18). In the same way, it’s good to pray and seek God, but if one does not also act in ways that are pleasing to God, all is for naught.
It’s no accident that Jesus said believers should love
God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind
The commands are followed by promises:
“Everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”
God delights in the prayer of faith,
and He promises to give us what we need.