Today’s Encouragement is Luke 6:37-38 “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.”
Give and it will be given to you –
Jesus preached and taught always. Here He laid out the ‘economics’ of God’s kingdom.
When we choose not to judge others, then we aren’t judged.
When we choose to not condemn others, then we aren’t condemned.
When we give to others, and to the Lord, we are the ones who receive! We will receive abundantly (running over) and directly (in our lap)!
And in the same measure, the measure we use in giving and in forgiving – that same measure will be used to return it to us.
Though tragically distorted by money-loving profiteers, the Truth which Jesus taught us about God’s ‘economics’ is still the Truth. As we extend His grace and forgiveness to others, then we receive that grace and forgiveness in that same measure.
Father, Help us to recognize that your Truth is eternal, is not influenced by our logic, our thinking, our current culture, or how others might distort it. Help us to seek Your Truth, in Your Word, and to believe – to simply but firmly – accept it as The Truth.
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Thanks brother Rick , needed that words today
My privilege brother. I need His word all day every day!!!
On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 7:46 AM Today’s Encouragement wrote:
Sometimes the lines between forgiveness, righteous anger, sound judgement all get blurry to me
Is it possible brother that these are not mutually exclusive responses to sin, but rather more like sequential processes?
In our sound judgement, first (primarily) of ourselves and also unavoidably, the actions and words of others, we recognize sin and wrong. One response is righteous anger, again at our own sin first and then at the sin of others… then forgiveness comes as we accept Hods Grace… first for ourselves, then for others.
All have sinned and fallen short! Especially me! His grace was extended to me the worst of sinners… His grace is available to all, and I receive His Grace more abundantly when I extend His grace and forgiveness to others.
The ‘economics’ as I refer to this concept here… isn’t my idea. Jesus said the incredibly challenging words… for if you do not forgive those who sin against you… my Father will not forgive you!
God requires His children to forgive. And we only need to forgive others when they are in the wrong, and usually we or someone we love has been hurt!
His promise is that we become free… when we forgive others. I want to know that freedom!!!
On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM Today’s Encouragement wrote:
I see the importance of forgiveness and how much we need it and give it. I guess I don’t get why we have the ability to feel anger if it has no good use or purpose. It must have some purpose.
James 1:20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
We humans have many emotions and almost all are harmful if not brought under His power by our submitting them to Him. All of me – I surrender all to Him.
On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 8:26 AM Today’s Encouragement wrote:
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Thank you my brother for asking such difficult and probing questions!!!
On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 8:44 AM Today’s Encouragement wrote: