“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:37-38 (NIV)
What do you hope to receive from others? What would you like to receive from me? Will you give to others what you hope to receive back from them? Will give freely what you would like to receive from me? Will you be tight fisted? Will you be open handed? Will you give sparingly or will you give generously? Your measure is what you can expect to receive back from others. What does that mean? If you measure out judgement you can expect to receive judgement. If you give out condemnation you can expect to receive condemnation. If you forgive, you will be forgiven. If you give you will receive. Is that a rule or principle? Are you asking me, “is this a rule or principle in my kingdom?” Yes, that’s it, that is my question. Yes, this is the way things work in my kingdom. Then my behavior will often determine what I receive back in life? Yes, that’s true. I will bless your life as you live as a blessing to others. I will give you a word of warning. What’s that? Don’t always expect that people will automatically bless your life just because you have blessed theirs. This is a broken and sin filled world. This is dark and evil place. I get that. You aren’t telling me anything new. Why do you think I want your measure for others to be generously filled with goodness? You want my life to shine as a bright witness in the world for you. You want others to see your life being lived out in me. Yes, I do. I will give you a certain promise. What’s that? As you live your life as a blessing to others, I will bless your life. My blessing on your life will be both now and forever. The good things that you do for me in this life will store up treasure in heaven for you. You will be repaid for all the good deeds you do for me. Every act of kindness and love you do for others you will be doing for me. Well then, I don’t want to give with some small measure. I want my measure to be generous. I want to give abundantly to others. I want to pour myself out as a generous gift to others. That will be very good.
Lord, I will generously give out what I want to receive. I will treat others just as I would like to be treated. I will not judge and condemn others. I will forgive others just as I want to be forgiven. I will give to others what I also hope to receive. Amen
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