The ways of the Lord are a complete reversal of the ways of the world. Here in this scripture we see that the he said, “The measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Verse 38)
Look at what this whole section says and you will see what I mean.
The Measure You Give
The most interesting thing about this section of scripture is that it’s your move first.
What you receive in terms of judgement, mercy, condemnation and anything else is determined by what you do first.
Judge not and you will not be judged. Condemn not and you will not be condemned. Both these statements say that it is what you do first that will determine what is meted out to you. Do you not want to be judged or condemned? Then don’t judge and condemn others.
The Golden Rule
This scripture is talking about the application of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
There are checks and balances in the universe and more importantly in God’s kingdom. What you get is based upon what you give. Give nothing and you will get nothing. Do evil and you will receive evil in return. Do good and you will receive what is good.
Yes there are times as Christians when we may do good and reap evil. That is our lot in life. But if we do good in spite of receiving evil, we are blessed by the Lord and regarded by God.
The Measure You Get Back
Do you want to receive all that is good? Then do good to others. Give when you are able and when you have the opportunity and you will be blessed.
The Lord gave us a good description of this attitude in Psalms 37:21. It says, “The wicked borrows, and cannot pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives.”
Be righteous and be a giver, not a taker. Then you will receive the blessing of the Lord as he describes in verse 22 of this same Psalm. “…for those blessed by the Lord shall possess the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.”
The measure you get back will far outweigh the measure you give when you give in accordance with God’s way. As Jesus said in verse 38 of this section in Luke 6, “…give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.”
The Lord’s hand is not short when he gives good things.
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