Luke 6:37-38 – “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” NKJV
Most of us make too many things complicated and for many in the role of “teacher” or “preacher”, we tend to look for something DEEP to share some GREAT INSIGHT or REVELATION that will AWE people. Yet, for the most part, God’s Word is SIMPLE, STRAIGHT FORWARD, and CLEAR. It was written so that ANYONE could understand it, apply it to their lives, and reap the rewards of living according to Scripture. This passage is a clear example of that:
- JUDGMENT always results in Judgment. If we are judgmental we will find that we are judged by the same standard that we use in judging others.
- CONDEMNATION always results in Condemnation. If we are quick to condemn others, events, or things we will find that same coming back to us.
- FORGIVENESS always results in Forgiveness. If we are of a forgiving heart, we will find that people are more responsive to our requests for forgiveness because of the gentleness of our hearts and we will be more readily forgiven.
Then I come to the part that I really wanted to bring to light that is directly tied to the first three found in (verse 38).
GIVE – – There is a very big little word in this sentence that is the “key” to the entire passage. “IT”. Notice: “Give, and IT will be given to you….” What does that mean? It means that you will GET what you GIVE. If you give “money” the return will affect you monetarily in some way. If you give “compassion” the return will affect you in the area of compassion. If you give “love” the return will come to you in the form of love and understanding. If you give “understanding” the return will come to you in the form of tolerance, temperance, and understanding. God gives back not only according to the standard of measure you use He gives back in kind. Remember the passage regarding “reaping and sowing”. You reap WHAT you sow, you reap, MORE than you sow, and you reap LATER than you sow. If you give with a thimble the return will be with a thimble. If you give with a Number 3 Wash Tub the return will be the same. If you give out of your of your lack God will give out of His abundance. You give out of your abundance so that you don’t know it, feel it or are even affected by its outgo then you probably won’t notice its return.
Think of what God has given us in the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross and how that we would have nothing if it were not given to us by Him. Any money we have earned, though it comes through hard work, ingenuity, and industry it was because God gave us the ability. Therefore, what I give, no matter the area I am only giving back what God has allowed me to have possession of. I’m distributing it as He has chosen and He has promised He will return it to me IN ABUNDANCE. Be that Love, Understanding, Compassion, Forgiveness, or Money. Give it a try, you just might find that it is a lifestyle that you want to adopt.
May God bless you as you begin your week in the Kingdom with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!