This post is a part of the Five Minute Friday link up. We write for just 5 minutes, without heavy editing, on a one-word prompt and see what we come up with. Today’s prompt is “measure.”
Luke 6:38 records Jesus saying, “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.”
If you use kind words, kind words will be returned (ideally).
If you give generously, you will receive generously.
If you love greatly, you will be greatly loved.
I have a sweet friend who just underwent a series of chemo treatments for breast cancer. And then she had surgery. All the while she gave glory to God for the growth she had seen in herself. She always had tons of friends making comments to her on her Facebook page whenever she would post about her cancer journey.
At one point she thanked everyone for their support and love and prayers. She couldn’t believe she had so many great friends and family. The support really helped her get through it.
As I read that, I just had to comment that people loved her well because she loved well herself. She wasn’t grumpy or a back stabber or unkind in any way. She might have been amazed at the quality of her friends, but it was because they were a reflection of her, and she was a reflection of Jesus.
The measure which she used was the one used to measure back to her. And it was a beautiful thing to behold.
The golden rule is right: treat others the way you want to be treated. Not the way they treat you, no matter how good or bad. Just the way you want to be treated.
Do you want a large measure used for what you will receive? Then use that large measure in your dealings with other people.
It just makes sense.
It does make sense! A great post 🙂
I can relate to this- I have a couple of friends who have walked through some hard things, and the measure of grace they displayed and offered in the middle of it all was awe-inspiring…and fully came from their rootedness in Christ.
Just popping over from FMF (:
When people are in the fire, their true nature shines forth. Being firmly rooted in Christ at all times prepares us for that fire. Grace to you. Thanks for popping by 😊
There’s so much truth in this. But I also think that we are called to love well for the sake of loving well itself and because our love is a response to the Love He first showed us.
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Oh, absolutely. No matter how others treat us, we treat them the way we want to be treated. Not because we’re desiring a certain response. But generally, we will get that response as a byproduct. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.