Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 5 Study # 26
April 20, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<430> Thesis: What expectations should we have in an imperfect world? Introduction: We have been working our way through Jesus' instructions to His disciples regarding their practice of Kingdom ethics in a non-Kingdom world. We have seen that the "big" issue is practicing a valid view of God toward those who endure our actions. We have seen that the Kingdom is focused upon "compassion" in a way that if we show compassion, we will be "the children of the Highest" (Luke 6:35). And we have seen that there are certain hindrances to the practice of compassion: illegitimate judgment; and self-serving condemnation. And last week we saw that the primary way to practice compassion is to separate people from the moral burdens they bear toward us. No disciple can actually separate someone from their moral responsibilities, but we can refrain from insisting that people treat us as they ought. If we are willing to simply focus upon what the failure of moral responsibility will mean to those who fail, we can become "compassionate" toward the unthankful and evil (Luke 6:35). One thing that I have done in these studies is to give the statements by Jesus regarding the impact that the behavior of His disciples will have upon themselves only a passing glance. Jesus said, "Judge not and you will not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; and release folks and ye shall be released." He went on to say, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over...". Before we go there -- one of the main preaching points of the prosperity folks -- I want to go back and pick up what we have barely considered. What does it mean that we "will not be judged", "will not be condemned", and "will be released"?