Luke 6:37-38 New International Version (NIV) Judging Others
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Jesus is saying is that when I receive God’s grace I will give grace to others. He’s saying that if I really am no longer depending on my merit but on God’s mercy, I will be merciful to others. Not being judged by God, not being condemned by God, and being forgiven by God are not the rewards I get for being good to other people.
Rather, if I have really received God’s grace, which means I will be spared judgment, spared condemnation, and offered forgiveness, then the evidence of this will be shown in how I treat other people, “For the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
What measures am I using towards people? Sometimes I feel if I want to know what measure I am using in my relationship to God, all I have to do is look at what measure I am using against other people!
In other words, I am saved through faith in Jesus and by His grace. But how do I really know if I have faith in Jesus? I believe I will know if I really have faith in Jesus by the way I live my life. I know I am not saved by my works, but my works prove what I really believe and who I really belong to!
If I really have grace, will it not flow out of me? If no grace is flowing out of me in my relationships with other people, where then is my relationship with Jesus?
Dear Jesus. By your grace I belong to You, may this be evident in all I do. My heart longs to deepen my relationship with you daily Jesus as I come to your Word, spend time with you in prayer and in the silence, stop to listen to You. May your love, grace and mercy flow out of me and in how I treat other people. Use me Lord, as your servant. Amen