“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. Luke 6:37-42 (ESV)
Be A Blessing
That is what I want you to be. What do you want me to be? I want you to be a blessing to others. How can I be a blessing to others? That is a very good question. Let me ask you a question. I’m listening. What won’t you do if you want to be a blessing to others? I won’t judge or condemn others. Why is that? I am completely unqualified to judge others. More than likely, if I were to judge or condemn others, I would be passing the same judgment on myself. Why is that? The same behavior that I might judge or condemn could probably just as easily be found in me. You are wise to know that to be true. What else won’t you do if you want to be a blessing to others? I won’t have an unforgiving attitude when someone has hurt or harmed me. Why is that? Having an unforgiving attitude will only hurt and harm me further. Unforgiveness is like a poison that destroys a life. It can do far more damage to me than what I needed to forgive in the first place. I don’t want anything to cause a root of bitterness to grow in my life. Most importantly, you have freely forgiven me, and you expect me to freely forgive others. I have often said that I want to think and speak and act like you. Yes, I have heard you say that many times. You are forgiving, I must also be forgiven. Being forgiving is something that you expect of me. Yes, I do. You must forgive others if you want to receive my forgiveness. Yes, I know that to be true. That’s good.
What will happen to you as you live as I lived. What will you receive as you generously bless others with my kindness and mercy and love? Will anything good come back to you as you bless the lives of others? Yes, I will receive back from others what I give out to them. If I give out kindness and mercy and love, I will receive it back. Will you get the same amount of blessings as you give to others? No, for some reason, I’m not sure why, what blessings I give out to others, will be multiplied and given back to me. That is true. Will you be a blessing for me in the darkness of this world? Will you think and speak, and act like me? Yes, I will. Then your life will also be truly blessed. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will not judge or condemn others for their behavior. Nor will I be unforgiving when I have been wronged. Help me to richly bless the lives with your kindness and mercy and love. Remove anything and everything within me that might offend others. Amen
Key Question… How are you now making sure that you are giving out what you hope to receive back from others?
Living It Out… Make certain that your behavior is richly blessing the lives of others.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will receive back from others what you have generously given to them.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how your behavior is richly blessing the lives of others.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you give to others what you hope to receive back from them.
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