“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.”
I have heard this passage used so many times by preachers who are teaching about giving money to their church or ministry. Interesting to note that money is not mentioned in these verses at all. When compared to the things mentioned in these verses money falls very short. These qualities are all ingredients in the soup we call mercy. They are an explanation of what Jesus meant when he said: "Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."
If you desire mercy and forgiveness in your life you must be a giver of mercy and forgiveness. But if you live a life condemning and judging others this kind of mercy will be hard to find. The image of mercy being returned to us "pressed down, shaken together, running over" thrills my soul. In these few words the Lord is opening our eyes to a heavenly principle where just a little bit of mercy reaps a harvest of it. Give, and it will be given to you.
Help me to be an extravagant giver of grace, mercy and forgiveness today dear Lord Jesus.