Give A Little Bit

35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

Luke 6:35-38 (NLT)

 

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me
I’ll give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my love to you
There’s so much that we need to share
So send a smile, and show you care
I’ll give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my life for you
So give a little bit
Give a little bit of your time to me
See the man with the lonely eyes
Oh, take his hand, you’ll be surprised
Roger Hodgson (Supertramp)
One of the things Jesus makes very clear in his teaching is that we are expected to show love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness because we have been shown it. The way we treat others is the way we should expect to be treated by God. That is incredibly comforting AND frightening at the same time. I haven’t always done a very good job of being merciful. There are still times when I slip up even now but I am doing my very best to love others because Jesus loves me. I can’t be a Christian and NOT love others. It’s that simple.
I have seen too many preachers take verse 38 up there and rip it right out of context. I have seen it used by prosperity preachers to claim that we should give them money and expect abundant riches in return. If we sow our seed (it’s always money) in faith then God will pour it right back out in our lap. That’s what they say Jesus is saying. The verse is in the context of loving our enemies and showing grace to others even if we don’t think they deserve it. After all, that’s what God does for us.
Even Sammy Hagar got it when he wrote Give To Live.
If you want love
You’ve got to give a little
If you want faith,
You just believe a little
If you want peace,
Turn your cheek a little ohhh,
You’ve got to give
You’ve got to give
You’ve got to give… to live.
Seriously though, I don’t know why we make it so hard. Jesus says that we HAVE to love others. It’s non-negotiable. We can’t hate people and have the love of Christ in us. We just can’t.
Grace and peace
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