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Live Your Life In A Way That Is Pleasing To The Lord

Live & Let Live

Luke 10:38-42

At the Home of Martha and Mary

38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named 
Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet 
listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had 
to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me 
to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 
42but few things are needed—or indeed only one. f Mary has chosen what is better, 
and it will not be taken away from her.”


Matthew 7:1-29

Judging Others

1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, 
you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3“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? 4How 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? 5You 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.

6“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

7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door 
will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; 
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he 
asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If 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! 12So 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

13“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road 
that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate 
and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but 
inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. 
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise, every 
good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot 
bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not 
bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you 
will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21“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. 22Many 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?’ 23Then I will tell 
them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24“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. 25The 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. 26But 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. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against 
that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 
29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.


Romans 2:1-4

God’s Righteous Judgment

1You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever 
point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do 
the same things. 2Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is 
based on truth. 3So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the 
same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4Or do you show contempt for 
the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness 
is intended to lead you to repentance?


1 Corinthians 2:1-5

1And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with 
eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. a 2For 
I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 
3I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4My message and my preaching 
were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 
5so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

6We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this 
age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7No, we declare God’s wisdom, 
a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 
8None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have 
crucified the Lord of glory. 9However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,

what no ear has heard,

and what no human mind has conceived”

the things God has prepared for those who love him

10these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who knows a person’s 
thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts 
of God except the Spirit of God. 12What we have received is not the spirit of the world, 
but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 
13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by 
the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14The person without 
the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them 
foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 
15The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not 
subject to merely human judgments, 16for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord

so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.


Romans 14:1-4

The Weak and the Strong

1Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 
2One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, 
eats only vegetables. 3The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the 
one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who 
does, for God has accepted them. 4Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? 
To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is 
able to make them stand.


John 21:20-23

20Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. 
(This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, 
“Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21When Peter saw him, he asked, 
“Lord, what about him?”

22Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? 
You must follow me.” 23Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this 
disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, 
“If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”