Luke 6:38 – A Blessing And A Curse

Luke 6:38 (NIV)

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.


The churches to which I have been connected typically refer to this particular scripture just before the collection plate is passed around.  The minister/pastor will provide a message on the significance of giving to God’s Kingdom, correlating what and how we give to the measure of blessings we should expect to receive.

Now, before you start shifting toward the negative, please know I believe that GIVING is tied directly to LIFE which was birth from LOVE which is GOD.  In other words, if LOVE and GOD are one-and-the-same (I John 4:8), then GIVING and LIFE are by-products or even characteristics of LOVE/GOD.  I Timothy 6:13, Job 33:4, and John 6:33 seem to support my assertion.

Luke 6:38 reflects an if/then or cause-and-effect relationship.  To illustrate this, I will focus on the first sentence within the scripture: “Give, and it will be given to you.”  Notice that the first word of the sentence, Give, is not followed by an object (noun/pronoun) that indicates what is given or will be given.  However, we understand–based on the second part of the sentence–that whatever is given shall be given in return to the giver.  Here are a few practical considerations reflecting the application of this particular scripture:

  1. Give love, and it will be given to you.
  2. Give hate, and it will be given to you.
  3. Give hope, and it will be given to you.
  4. Give doubt, and it will be given to you.
  5. Give peace, and it will be given to you.
  6. Give confusion, and it will be given to you.
  7. Give fidelity, and it will be given to you.
  8. Give infidelity, and it will be given to you.
  9. Give heaven, and it will be given to you.
  10. Give hell, and it will be given to you.
  11. Give nothing, and it will be given to you.
  12. Give everything, and it will be given to you.

We are not to forget that there is a second part to this scripture that acts as a modifier and quantifier: “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  The second part here is significant because it lets us know to what extent we are to expect receiving whatever we have given.

The lesson is this: there is a blessing to giving; there is a curse to giving–based on what is given and the amount.   

**BE MINDFUL OF WHAT AND HOW MUCH YOU GIVE**

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