November 22, 2018

Today is Thanksgiving Day. Let us be thankful for the teachings of Jesus. They let us know what is on his heart and what his desires are for us.

Luke 6:37–38 (NLT) — 37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

Aren’t you extremely thankful for these verses? They let us know that what we sow we reap. If we plant judgement we will reap judgement. If we plant condemnation our lives will be full of condemnation. If we forgive we will be forgiven. If we don’t forgive well… If we give we will receive. So be careful what you are passing out. How would you like to receive a lap full of anger?

Luke 6:39 (NLT) — 39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch?

Be careful of who you are following and where they are taking you.

Luke 6:40 (NLT) — 40 Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

Do you know better than Jesus?

Luke 6:41–42 (NLT) — 41 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 42 How can you think of saying, ‘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.

If you needed cataract surgery would you go to a blind eye surgeon?

Luke 6:43–45 (NLT) — 43 “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 44 A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thorn bushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. 45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Listen to someone long enough and you will know what type of person they are.

Luke 6:46–49 (NLT) — 46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

According to Jesus a well built person is not one who eats healthy, works out and gets plenty of sleep. A well built person is a person who listens to the word of God and then goes and obeys it.

God’s word really is worth being thankful for, right?

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