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.”
We often look at this verse and use it to teach about the principle of giving, which this verse includes. However, this verse is teaching more than just about giving. Jesus says, “For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” The word “mete” means to dispense. In other words, whatever measure or amount that you give out, God says He will dispense back to you. So, what is God talking about when He says, “For with the same measure that ye mete…”? You have to go back a few verses to see what God is talking about.
First, Jesus is talking about the degree to which you love your enemies is the degree of the greatness of your reward. Verse 35 says, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great,…” You must notice that Jesus didn't say to love your friends, but He said to love your enemies. Jesus said that when you love your enemies by doing good to them that He will reward you greatly. Now, I don't know what reward that God is going to give me, but I do know that whatever reward God gives me for loving my enemies is going to be a great reward. It is interesting that Jesus didn't say that God would reward us with a good reward, but He would reward us with a great reward.
Second, Jesus is saying that to the degree that I am merciful to others will the Father be merciful to me. Verse 36 says, “Be ye therefore merciful…” We are all sinners, and we all need God to be merciful to us when we sin, but you can be guaranteed that God will be merciful to you to the same degree that you are merciful to others when they do you wrong.
Third, Jesus is saying that to the degree I don't judge others is the same degree that God won’t judge me. Verse 37 says, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged…” Yes, God punishes sin, but to judge is to form an opinion about a person because of what they have done. When I don't form opinions about people because of what they have done, God chooses not to form an opinion about me for what I have done. In other words, He sees beyond what I have done to see what I can do.
Fourth, Jesus is saying that to the degree that I don't condemn others, God will not condemn me. Verse 37 continues by saying, “…condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned…” If I withhold criticizing others for what they have done, God will withhold His disapproval of me.
Fifth, Jesus is saying that to the degree I forgive will God forgive me. Verse 37 continues by saying, “…forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:…” Having God’s forgiveness, not for salvation, but for what I have done wrong will be determined by how much I forgive others.
Now, all of these come down to one phrase, “Give, and it shall be given unto you…” When I give love, mercy, hope, praise, and forgiveness, God chooses to give measure back to me with a “good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.” Always remember that whatever you need in these areas will be determined by how much you give these things to others.