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. – Luke 6:37-38
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Luke 6:38 gets quoted and preached on a lot, usually in the context we were talking about yesterday of giving money. When you look at where Jesus drops those words, though, you realize He is talking about a lot more than what we put in the offering plate. It’s an overriding principle – not limited to Christians or church or religion at all.
If you want good in your life, do good.
If my life sucks, I might be trying to hoard good instead of giving it away.
Seed, whether of wheat or oats or dollars, wisdom, kindness, or love, cannot grow and reproduce when it is sealed up and sat on. It only fulfills its purpose when it is sown.
That’s what kept coming up as you all were commenting. We’re not just helping the person we are helping. Like the guy with the gas can that Ben was talking about, that guy is sowing deception. What’s he going to reap? Somebody is going to rip him off. Meanwhile, Ben, who with a good heart sowed kindness, will reap kindness.
I have almost convinced myself I ought to be good to people all the time.