It’s All About the Heart

Matthew 7:1 – “Judge not, that you be not judged. (Verse 2) “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you. This is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is obviously addressing the attitudes of the heart. Judgments come from the heart.

There is a parallel passage in Luke, but there are sentences in-between the first and the last sentence: Luke 6:37 – “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Verse 38) “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Nowhere in this passage does it mention money. Giving is a heart issue. Jesus used farming terms that people were familiar with back then. God had told the Jews to leave the four corners of their fields to the poor. When the poor took a basket to glean the fields, they would put the product in the basket, press it down, shake it and add more and repeat. And would put so much in that some would run over the top. That’s what came to mind when Jesus used these terms.

Whatever we give, we will get more back. Jesus is literally talking about “judging,” “condemning,” and or “forgiving.” When we read Scripture, keep it in the context it was written. Too many use this passage for getting people to give money so they will get more back. That’s wrong because He is not talking about money. Giving or forgiving is so much more than money.

If we give judgment, judgment will be given back to us, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over will men give judgment to us. If you are a condemning person, you will receive condemnation back. But if you are a forgiving person and give love and compassion, then that is what you will receive back, good measure, pressed down and running over.

I watch this in the news media every day. The despicable things that are said by our so-called leaders in Washington. They condemn and judge our president as if he is the worse human being on the planet. They have no idea that the hate-filled speech is going to come back on them, pressed down, shaken, and running over!

The root word for “forgive” is “give!” And “for” means in favor of. So if you forgive, it means you are in favor of giving. However, if a person is not in favor of giving, they have a difficult time with “for-giving.”

I can’t stress this enough: Jesus is not talking about money, although that could be included, the issue is, “Are you for giving, are you in favor of forgiving? This is a matter of the heart.

Look how God deals with giving: Deuteronomy 15:7, 8 – “If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of your gates in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, (Verse 8) “but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.” So how do we get to the point of giving like God does?

We have to deal with a selfish heart.

Deuteronomy 15:9 – “Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the LORD against you, and it becomes sin among you.

Selfishness produces sin! God had emplamented in Israel that every seven years all debt was canceled. So He’s saying not to let the thought that if you lend close to or in that seventh year and they can’t pay it back in that same year, come into your heart. God calls that a “wicked thought.” It will come in the mind, but He says don’t let it get in your heart and become sin.

When we do something to help another, do we expect anything in return? Us giving to others is not for God’s sake, it’s for ours. Giving will deal with selfishness and greed in our lives and we will never be happy if we are a selfish, greedy person. If we are willing to give to others then we are more than likely not going to be judging or condemn them.

Have you ever had to deal with a stingy, selfish, or greedy person? They are never happy. It seems they are always complaining about something. What’s the one thing every parent has to teach their child? Sharing! Is our God a giving God? Yes, He is and when we become born again, we are to be like our Father.

I haven’t strayed from the topic of judging and condemning. The fact of the matter is, if a person is always judging and condemning, there is a good chance that they are not a giving person!

Luke 6:30 – “Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. (Verse 31) “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. (Verse 32) “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. (Verse 33) “And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

(Verse 34) “And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. (Verse 35) “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Highest. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. (Verse 36) “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”

God is kind to the unthankful and evil, and that was all of us before we were born again. The Bible says, “While we were sinners Christ died for us!” God sent His Son before we were thankful of anything, unthankful and evil. So that statement is absolutely true that Jesus made.

If we are grateful, we will develop a grateful heart.

Deuteronomy 15:15 – “You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this thing today.”

God commanded them to be generous. He wanted them to remember a time back in Egypt that they didn’t own anything! If we will remember a time when we didn’t have much, but as the years passed and the Lord began to bless us, we are to begin blessing others.

Let’s not ever forget where we came from; where God has brought us from; what God has delivered us from, and if we will remember that, we will become the most generous, non-judging people on earth. We will become like our Father in heaven who gave it all for us to spend eternity with Him!

If we are grateful for what God has done and given us then we know He is our source. Don’t fret about the good you do for others because the reward comes from the Father!

 

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