And it Shall Be Given to You
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I want you to notice the two words in the above scripture love and gave.
God loved us so much that that He gave. The important thing here is that He loved before He gave. Did He have anything given to Him? The answer to that is yes. He has been given the harvest of souls. The example here is that if we love as we give, we receive back.
There is a scripture that I hear so often, especially when it is time to receive the offerings or tithes. Each time I have heard that scripture, it was as if there was a little tug on my heart that something was not complete. I finally felt as if I needed to really get into that scripture.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
I see where it could apply to giving money, but as I searched out the rest of the chapter, I began to see what Jesus was talking about in this scripture.
The amplified explains it this way:
Luke 6: 38 Give, and (gifts) will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into the pouch formed by the bosom of your robe and used as a bag. For with the measure you deal out with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others, it will be measured back to you.
The word confer in the Funk and Wagnall dictionary means: to grant as a gift or benefit; bestow.
The word benefit means: that which is helpful; advantage; profit. It is an act of kindness; charitable deed.
Let's put the scripture into context of the meaning of the words. It would read this way;
For with the measure you use when you grant or bestow an act of kindness, a charitable deed or be helpful to others it will be measured back to you.
So lets search out some of the scriptures;
Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Luke 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
Luke 6: 27 Amplified:
But I say to you who are listening now to Me: in order to heed, make it a practice to love your enemies, treat them well( do good to, act nobly toward) those who detest you and pursue you with hatred.
6: 28: Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God's blessing ( favor) upon those who abuse you who revile, reproach, disparage, and highly misuse you
Let's use verse 38 using these two scriptures.
Give, love to your enemies, treat them well and do good to them and you will be given love, treated well, and goodness will be given to you pressed down, shaken together and running over.
Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, and implore God's favor upon them who abuse you or misuse you and blessings and favor will be given to you, pressed down, shaken together and running over.
Luke 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.
Luke 6: 29 Amplified: To the one who strikes you on the jaw or cheek, offer the other jaw or cheek also; and from him who takes away your outer garment, do not withhold your undergarment as well.
Give to the one that strikes your cheek or jaw, the other one also and if your outer garment is taken, give him your undergarment as well and gifts will be given to you pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
Luke 6:30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
Luke 6: 30 Amplified: Give away to everyone who begs of you who is in want of necessities, and of him who takes away from your goods, do not demand them back again.
Give away to everyone who has a need, and do not take back your goods from someone who has taken from you and your needs will be met, and what has been taken from you will be given back pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Luke 6: 31 Amplified: And as you would like and desire that men do to you, do exactly so to them.
Give to men the way you desire that men do to you and it will be given to you pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
Luke 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Luke 6:32 Amplified: If you merely love those who love you, what quality of credit and thanks is that to you? For even the very sinners love their lovers those who love them
Give love to those who do not love you and love will be given to you, pressed down, shaken together and running over.
Luke 6:33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
Luke 6:33 Amplified: And if you are kind and do good and do favors to and benefit those who are kind and good and do favors to and benefit you, what quality of credit and thanks is that to you? For even the preeminently sinful do the same.
It is easy to give, to be kind and do good to others that always are always being kind, doing good and blessing others, but as Jesus said even the sinners ( world) does those things. We as Christians are suppose to do the opposite of the worlds way. That is why Jesus says to do these things for people that are not kind or doing good for others, and we will benefit from it. You may ask How?
Give kindness, do good and show favor to those that are not kind, and that are never doing for others or blessings others and kindness, goodness and blessings will be given, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.