“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)
A Blessing To Others
What do you hope to receive from me? What do you hope to receive from others? I’m not sure how to answer that question. I’m not positive what you are asking of me. I could ask you more questions. I would like you to ask me more questions. Do you hope to receive forgiveness? Do you hope to receive mercy? Do you hope to receive love? Do you hope to receive kindness? Do you hope to receive generosity? Now, I understand what you are asking of me. Yes, I want to receive forgiveness and mercy and love and kindness and generosity. That’s good.
How can you be sure to receive forgiveness and mercy and kindness and generosity? You seem hesitant. Would you like me to ask another question? Yes, please ask me another question. How can you be sure to not receive forgiveness and mercy and kindness and love and generosity? Well, I am certain that I will never receive what I am unwilling to give to others. If I don’t give forgiveness and mercy and love and kindness and generosity to others, I will surely not receive it from you or anyone else. I have heard you say, ‘Forgive others, just as I have forgiven you.” I know that you expect me to forgive others. I know that you want me to give to others what I have received from you. Yes, I do. If I give others forgiveness and mercy and kindness and love and generosity, I will surely receive it myself. Yes, you will.
With what measure will you use to give others your forgiveness, mercy, love, kindness and generosity? Will you give sparingly? Will you give reluctantly? Will you give begrudgingly? No, I will not. What will you do? I will generously give to others what I have received from you. I will give freely. I will give joyously. It will be my daily practice to give all of these with an abundant measure. Why will you do this? This is what you have asked of me. This is your will. You want me to become like you. You want me to go and do what you did. Yes, I do. You also want to be able to abundantly bless my life as I live as a blessing to others. Yes, I do. Will you live this kind of life for me? Yes, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will use a very large measure when I decide how much to give to others. I will give to others only what I hope to receive back. I will not judge or condemn. I will make it my practice to graciously forgive others just as you have graciously forgiven me. Amen
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