Friday in the Fifth Week of Easter

Text: Matthew 7:1-12

Prayer Pointers:

For right judgment

For those who make, enforce and administer law

“Judge not, that you be not judged.”

In our world, this statement by Jesus has worked much mischief. Most of the time, these words are used as a weapon: “you have no right, no standing to judge me.” Each of us is an authority unto ourselves; what “works” for me may not “work” for you, but that is not your affair. It works for me, and that should be enough. If you question my life—my works, my decisions, my results—then you are in the wrong, and, if you claim to be a Christian, there is the even more wonderful result that the Lord clearly stands against you.

But this is not so. Jesus is pushing his hearers, his students, to be wise in their discernment, in their judgments. You desire mercy, renewal, a second chance for yourself; let your judgment be colored by the same as you look at the lives of others. Above all, the question of judgment rests on the work of God, who, as we heard earlier, lets his rain fall on those who deserve it—and those who do not.

On the plus side, the type of encounter that Christians often have with others about the “rightness” or the “wrongness” of an act, a decision, or a life’s path is that it gives a chance to examine closely just where authority is found in the Christian’s life. We too, who live in this world, tend to think of our Christian faith as a lifestyle choice that we make—to implement or discard the way of Jesus Christ as it suits us. We prefer certain parts of that way and we ignore whatever hinders the project of ‘me.’ We will be lords, not servants.

If the Easter message is true, and Jesus is Lord, then one conclusion is inescapable: he is Lord of me.

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.