I’ve joined my blogging friends for a new facet of my blog, called His Encouragement, inspiring scriptures shared each Thursday. My hope and my prayer is that these scriptures each week will bless your heart and encourage your soul.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Luke 6:38 KJV
It’s Missions Conference week at my church. The theme this year is Great Faith. Actually, that’s the theme for this whole year. The focus of Missions Conference is about giving monetarily to missions to help financially support the missionaries out on the mission field. The preacher used this verse last night in relation to giving in the church house.
However, as I looked at this verse, I realized that Jesus was not talking about church giving in this passage. If you read the rest of the passage, the scriptures before are talking about our relationships with those around us. It speaks about how we are to treat out enemies, those who hate us and persecute us as Christians.
As a writer, I know that punctuation is very important and helps us fully understand the meaning of a sentence. If you look at verse 37, there is a colon, not a period. Which means the first thought isn’t finished. If it were finished, it would have a period.
So, let’s look at verse 37 and 38 together as a single thought.
“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
This is all in relation to the previous scriptures about our enemies.
Verse 35 says, But love your enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward will be great…
So, the promises of verse 38, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over shall men give into your bosom, isn’t talking about giving to God…
it’s talking about giving to your enemies!!!!
Whoa. This verse is saying that when we give to those who we know don’t like us, (maybe even hate us) those who will never give back, those who we feel don’t deserve our kindness, God says that blessings will come from other places. And we will receive (good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over) so much more than we gave out! We will be blessed beyond measure.
Here’s the clencher, though. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
How we treat others is exactly how we will be treated.
What are you giving out today?
What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!
Check out these other blogs for more encouragement from God’s word for your Thursday.
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light