A Verse Packed With Gold

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” — Luke 6:36


Ah, this verse is packed with gold. And it is so darn specific! For now, I will consider just the psychological advice that I receive from this verse.

Be merciful, Just as your Father is merciful.

What is the opposite of mercy? What comes up for me is something to the effect of harsh. Unkind. Hurried. There are so many times in my day that I am given the opportunity to show someone mercy. They have done something that strikes me as inconsiderate, and I have the chance to show them mercy.

This might be something as small as someone looking at their phone and almost walking into me as I enter the gym locker room — or as large as an interaction with a family member that makes me feel attacked. How can I be merciful, in that moment? I can remember this verse. My Father is merciful, so I can be too.

Stop judging and you will not be judged.

As difficult as it is to stop judging, the Bible advises us to do this so often! Judge not! Well, it is about the hardest thing on the face of the earth to do, come to find out, so no wonder the Bible preaches it time and time again. Good teaching uses repetition. As a childlike learner, opening up to my great Teachers, I can only say that I do not know how to act. I have to remind myself over and over that I do not know. I know nothing. Teach me. Teach me how to not judge.

In my practice, remembering that I am but a child helps tremendously. It takes away that hoity toity feeling of, “Well I am right and you are just plain old wrong. You did this to me” feeling. It tosses that feeling out the window along with everything else I thought I knew. God makes a great promise to us with this verse, and it helps me greatly to put my thoughts on that promise out into the world. Thank you for listening!

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I hope that you have a blessed day,

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