S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away. That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Do you understand all these things?”
“Yes,” they said, “we do.”
Then he added, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.”
When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.
Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:47-58 NLT
Every human who has willingly sinned against God is “wicked.” How does someone become righteous? (Hint: for more information, read Romans 8)
Do you judge people differently than you used to?
Whose “judgment” do you use towards yourself and others—your natural attitudes or Jesus’ attitudes?Lord, thank you for providing the way for me to be brought from death to life, to be changed from wicked to righteous. Thank you for that gift! Teach me your attitudes of patience and kindness towards others so you can share your generous forgiving heart through me.
Lord, thank you for providing the way for me to be brought from death to life, to be changed from wicked to righteous. Thank you for that gift! Teach me your attitudes of patience and kindness towards others so you can share your generous forgiving heart through me.