Journal Entry ~ 09/04/19

37 "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you." - Luke 6:37-38

What Jesus is really calling us to do in these verses is to love others as He loves us. Jesus did not love with judgment or condemnation - He loves all people. It doesn't matter where you live or where you're from, what language you speak, whether you are here legally or illegally, the color of your skin, whether you're rich or poor...it doesn't even matter what sins you struggle with or how kind of a person you are. Jesus loves you without condition. 

He doesn’t withhold His love from you until you get it together, He doesn’t withhold His love from you because you had a bad day, He doesn’t withhold His love from you because of that sin you committed...last year, last week, or last night. He doesn’t withhold His love from you when you turn your back on Him. He doesn’t withhold His love from you. He loves you with a love that is endlessly running over. This is how we are to love others. 

If He doesn't judge, we don't get to judge - anyone. Jesus forgives so we are called to forgive. He forgives all sins - every single one of them without exception - unconditionally. That means we don't get to determine some people are not worth forgiving because the hurt is too big. We need to forgive all people for all sins. We need to forgive all the little hurts from that annoying person we live with, and we need to forgive the big hurts from long ago. All of them. And we are to give of our resources as generously as Jesus gives to us. Jesus has never been stingy nor has He ever said, I'm too busy for you. He is always right there with His arms wide open, waiting to cover you in His love. This is how we are to be with the people in our lives. 


Press on ~ you are loved 💗

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