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." Luke 6: 37-38
Jesus is teaching his disciples and us today about being generous in every area of our lives. Generosity brings the favor of God into our lives. Generosity is the law of sowing and reaping that brings God's blessing into our lives.
Jesus shows us areas that we need to be generous in our daily lives. Jesus talks about judging and condemning people. If we are judgmental and critical and that is what we sow, then this is what we are going to reap. A generous person realizes that being judgmental and critical changes nothing, but our own spirit, attitude and relationships.
Jesus shows us that we need to be generous with forgiveness. Forgiveness is about us and not the person that has hurt us. When we realize all that Jesus has forgiven us of in life, we should give forgiveness to others. We will reap what we sow.
Jesus shows us that we need to be generous with our giving, finances. When we realize that everything we have in this world comes from the Lord, then we realize nothing belongs to us. Being generous with our finances, tithes, offerings to the Kingdom of God, is just sowing more seed, and know that there is going to be more of a harvest to reap. I love what a pastor friend of mine says: "God will get it to you, if He can get it through you."
Jesus says the amount of the blessing is dependent on the how generous you are with the blessings of God.
Lord, help me to be more generous in all areas of my life, by sowing more and then reaping more.