“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.” Luke 6:38 (NIV)
Luke takes his time to explain how Jesus modeled forgiveness and wanted his followers to do the same.
Though Jesus is the highest authority (there is no higher), I have trouble understanding why I feel like I can condemn and judge harsher than I would want done to me? My human instincts are quick to cast judgements and condemn others actions.
The worst thing a human has ever done to me, happened 28 years ago. It drove me crazy inside as a young man, because I had hate in my heart for what they did and everytime it came to mind it felt like an attack on my soul. After strengthening my relationship with Jesus, I had to WORK to be able to forgive. It didn’t just happen overnight, it was a process that I had to work on every day. As I began praying for them, I would ask Jesus to take this from me, because I can’t handle it. Through time, I have found the ability to forgive and move on. I now have peace in my heart, and the other party is still miserable because their heart is still filled with hate.
Jesus came to die for my sins, and I can only get to God through Jesus Christ. Jesus gave forgiveness of my sins without judging or condemning my actions.
I have found throughout my life, which when doing the way that Jesus commands, my life and interactions with others brings me peace to my soul. When I drift away from these commands, it just brings unhappiness for myself and others. I should strive every day to forgive, judge, and condemn others the way I want my Lord to do for me.
Daily Battle Order:
Seek to give forgiveness, judgements, and condemnation the way you would like Jesus to do the same to you.
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