Thursday, May 11, 2023

Luke 6:38

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.

Scripture Insights

Located between warnings about judging others and coming down with plank- eye syndrome is today’s verse of encouragement. It is a verse without limits, motivating us to give liberally. But give what?

Forgiveness is an easy answer from the passage. Forgive, and you will be for- given, advises the prior verse. A hard thing to learn—but what if there’s more?
What if we are to be giving people? Givers of forgiveness, to be sure, but also givers of grace; givers of the benefit of the doubt; givers of tangible gifts; and givers of service. What if we are to give the gift of helping someone overcome their weaknesses—without criticizing them?

What if we truly believed that giving is measured and rewarded accordingly? Perhaps we might be more generous in all we do. Perhaps we would be better stewards and better givers. Perhaps we would be known as giving people.

Today’s Prayer

Gracious God, today we give you all we are, all we need, and all we have. Teach us to give liberally without judging or criticizing. Prepare us to see giving moments, respond generously, and practice generosity in good measure.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on blessing our communities in the church in Canada and the United States.

—Julie Cheney
Lead Pastor, Tulare Church of the Nazarene

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