You Get What You Give (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 119)
Luke 6:37 (NLT)
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
For the believer, life is so paradoxically. To go up, we must come down. To get saved, we must first be lost. To really live, we must die. To be first, we must be willing to be last. To reap, we must sow. To earn money, we must work. To succeed, we must first fail. To receive, we must give. To receive mercy, we must be merciful. To be forgiven, we must forgive.
Forgiveness is never easy. But if we cannot forgive we burn the bridges that we ourselves must inevitably cross. Jesus warns us to watch our how disapprove of and criticize other people. Everyone needs room to grow. When we fail, it only makes matters worse and recovery longer if everyone around us is kicking us before we even get up.
Forgiveness is hard to do. Many times, we think forgiveness is something we do for the offending party. But forgiveness is more for us, the offended. When we forgive, we open ourselves up to inner freedom. When we experience freedom, we are more readily willing to forgive the next time. Exercise mercy and grace to others and you will receive the same in return. We reap what we sow. We get what we give.
If we sow the seeds of giving and forgiving in our lives, we will reap the benefits that it produces. Not only will we receive forgiveness from others, but God will forgive us also. If we are in a right spirit to give others what they need, God will work in the hearts of others to give us what we need. If we develop a heart of big forgiveness, we will reap big just the same.
Without forgiveness, life is controlled by revenge, resentment, and retribution. While bitterness makes us small, forgiveness forces us to grow in every way. Ask God for strength to forgive those who have done you wrong and in return open your heart to receive forgiveness from God and from others.
“Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.”
— Harriet Nelson