RDP #19 – SHAKEN (daily prompt)
The first thing that came to mind for me is a favorite Bible passage:
Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Sometimes, this passage is used as a promise that when we are generous with our financial giving, God will reward us accordingly–that is, with material gain.
(I did not quote the entire passage here, but only the salient verses for my point. The rest of the passage is similar in its meaning, and money and material wealth are not mentioned.)
If we look at the context, however, it is clear that there is no money involved here. What is to be given is mercy; not judgment, not condemnation, but forgiveness. When we forgive, then we will receive forgiveness in good measure. When we fail to forgive, holding grudges and offering judgment, condemnation, and lack of mercy, then we cannot expect to receive forgiveness ourselves when we hurt others.
This world could use a lot less judgment, criticism and condemnation, and a lot more forgiveness, mercy, and compassion. No doubt.