Giving. Jesus said in Luke 6:36-42 “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. 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 you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured in your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured 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.”
If verse 38 was not in this passage there would still be no question that Jesus is talking about forgiving others. He says “be merciful…..don’t judge…..don’t condemn….forgive” basically saying the same thing over and over. Then he says though in verse 38 “give”. Jesus is talking about “give” forgiveness and an uncondemning attitude in the same amount we desire to be forgiven. We are to be merciful as God is to us while judging, condemning and forgiving others in the same way we desire to be judged, condemned and forgiven by God.
Take some time today to think about giving in the sense that Jesus meant in this passage. Of course we are instructed in Scripture to give money to the church and to others in need. But today we are talking about the mercy of God and how He expects us, His people, be just as merciful to those around us.
God has given us two hands-one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.” Billy Graham