Reading: Luke 6:37-38
Jesus commands a simply formula to live an abundant life.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and you will receive.
The measure you give is the measure you will receive.”
Jesus is teaching people how to live freely.
The first step is to live without judgment and condemnation.
The second step is to live with forgiveness and giving.
Then you can live well with other people.
There will be no one who judges you.
There will be no one who condemns you.
In other words, if you don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults.
God wouldn’t do that you either.
Don’t condemn those who are down.
Then God wouldn’t do that.
Then God would not point at you either.
Be easy on people.
Then God will be easy on people.
Give away your life.
God will give God’s.
Then God will give back.
There you will have an inner peace.
You will experience the peace of God.
If we don’t judge, we may see God is doing something good with that person.
Then we can turn your energy to help and contribute.
Your mind will start loving people.
Your heart will be ready to hear God more.
Then we can think the thoughts that Jesus is thinking.
Then we can see things through the eyes of God.
Then we will experience more the goodness of God.
Then we will learn that everything is possible.
This world will be a better world that way.
That is why, when his disciples ask Jesus how to judge a man, Jesus heals the person, instead. (Luke 6:37-38)
It is to show that Jesus can help people to enter into a new reality.
So they didn’t need to judge.
So, because in Jesus, they learned to embrace all the possibility.
When they were with Jesus, they could be free from judging anybody.
Then they learn to see the world with his point of view.
Jesus can change what we see at the moment.
When we have this kind of mindset, we make things ok.
By simply letting people be who they are, we influence them more.
When we let them act according to who they are at the moment, they become free to become what Christ desires them to become.
So, instead of trying to change others, when we accept them, they become like Jesus.
So, we are called to accept them as exactly as they are.
Let them be.
In the meantime, in Jesus, we need to maintain our peace, at all times.
Then we can be kind.
We can be forgiving.
We can be generous.
Jesus didn’t come to condemn us.
So, he was saying, “You don’t condemn as well.
Then you can be free from being condemned.”
Jesus explains to us how to be free from it.
Then Jesus is saying: “Forgive as I forgive.”
As Jesus forgiving us, Jesus is saying to us to “forgive!”
Since Jesus is forgiving us, Jesus is asking us to forgive.
As a person who is being forgiven, it is something we need to do.
Also, in order to be forgiven, we need to forgive.
We need to let go and release.
Then we can see the world as it is.
Then we build the kingdom of Jesus.
God’s grace abounds, when we say, “I forgive you!”
In this way, we can enter into God’s freedom.
With this heart of forgiving, we can enter there.
In this way, Jesus welcomes us to follow this path of healings.
When we let go, our wounds are healed.
When we let go, we experience the power of God in our life.
When we let things go, we live freely.
Then we will have something within us that can change the world.
We will have an inner quality that is stronger than anything.
Then we can help people to enter into the grace of God.
We can help people to let their bitterness go and forgive.
We can help them to enter into the forgiving world of God.
Then as we forgive and let go, we may meet God of true healing.
Then we may be truly reconciled with God.
Then you can truly let all your sorrow go, and free.
Then someone may ask:
How long should you forgive people?
As long as Jesus forgives you.
That is forever.
Because God is going to be endlessly generous to you, you can be generous to others.
The bible says:
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” (James 1: 17)
Jesus gives generously.
Jesus gives endlessly.
It says everyone who experiences the grace of Jesus.
Then Jesus is asking is to live generously.
Jesus is asking us to be generous and easy on people.
In this way, we can show the world the love of God.
Only those who receive the grace of God can live graciously and generously.
When you can live like that, it means you are carrying the presence of Jesus Christ.
It means that you are being reconciled to God.
Have you ever felt the feeling of being forgiven?
You feel like being released.
When Jesus forgives you, you feel freedom and released.
When we are free from this, now we have a job to do.
We are called to live a life of giving.
So, Jesus said:
“Give and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.
For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:37-38)
This is a spiritual life.
Giving is a spiritual act.
Jesus has practiced what he preached.
He practices to have this heart of graciousness and kindness.
Then he invites us to do not judge; do not condemn; and forgive.
Jesus is praying that this kind of reality may happen within you.
Jesus is praying that God’s forgiveness may happen in your hearts.
Jesus is praying that Jesus is with you as you do this.
When we experience God, it is always something to do with experiencing forgiveness and kindness.
When we are filled with this forgiving love, we feel happy, spiritual happy.
Then we can truly rejoice always. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)
Then we can pray always, because we have God in our minds.
So, we can give thanks always.