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What You Give, Will Be Given

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together,

and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that

you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38, NKJV)

This again, is one of those verses of scripture that is most often spoken of merely

as it relates to money. You may hear this verse quoted in church during the

offering period. Yet, when Jesus speaks these words, His focus is not merely on

giving money. Indeed, Jesus is speaking of something of much more value than


To rightly understand what Jesus meant when He spoke these words, we need to

read the verse preceding verse thirty-eight. In Luke 6:27-38, Jesus encourages His

listens to give. Yet He speaks of giving love, generosity, mercy and compassion,

friendship, goodness and forgiveness. Jesus informs us that we are to give all of

these attributes to others if we hope to receive them back.

Too often we wish to receive what we are not willing to give. Jesus reminds us,

“with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” In other

words, “you will reap what you sow.”

Let us be mindful to give and mindful of what we give. Let the witness of your life

be that you are a giver. As Jesus informs us, it is the givers that receive the

promise of future blessings. God delights in those who are givers and therefore

gives them more. Therefore, do not neglect giving love, mercy, compassion,

forgiveness, goodness, and friendship. And while you are giving, rejoice in


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