forgive to give
“Give, and it shall be given to you.” —Luke 6:38
When we give, we open the door to let the Lord lavish His love on us. The Lord desires to bless us “good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over” (Lk 6:38). Yet He does not force His love on us. We must open up to His love. By giving, we tell God how open we are to receiving. “For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you” (Lk 6:38).
Most people think of themselves as “generous,” but this is often not completely accurate. The financial problems of churches and the lack of religious vocations are signs that we have trouble giving. This is to be expected because God’s kind of giving goes against our selfish human nature. When we admit our problems in giving, we can ask God to help us.
Giving is not primarily a matter of finances but often of forgiveness. That’s why the Lord commands us to pardon one another before commanding us to give (Lk 6:37). In the verse recited just before pardoning, Jesus commands us not to judge or condemn others (Lk 6:37). The keys to giving are forgiving and not judging or condemning.
Prayer: Father, may I see reluctance to give freely as a symptom of unforgiveness.
Promise: “...Lord, great and awesome God, You Who keep Your merciful covenant toward those who love You and observe Your commandments!” —Dn 9:4
Praise: Stuart forgave his father for abusing him as a child.
Reference: (For a related teaching on Unforgiveness is the Cause, view, download or order our leaflet or listen to, download or order our CD 41-1 or DVD 41 on our website.)
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