I’ve had some thoughts coursing through my mind last night and as I ate my breakfast this morning. It’s the principle of GIVE and TAKE that’s shown in the Bible. (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong had observed that there were two types of individuals: “Givers” and “Takers” and I’ve found that to be true.)
I want to give you a Scriptural reference that could be applied to all phases of life: Deuteronomy 25:13 “Thou shalt not have in your bag divers (different) weights, a great and a small. 14 Thou shalt not have in your house divers measures, a great and a small. 15 But thou shalt have a perfect measure and a just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which your LORD thy God giveth thee. 16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteousness, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
I believe Jesus Christ was referring to this principle of “giving” or “FORGIVING” when He gave the advice in: Luke 6: 27 ---38 (Read) Notice that He stressed being of a GIVING AND LOVING attitude toward ALL PEOPLE, even those who are “your enemies, and do good, and lend (help them), hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for HE IS KIND UNTO THE UNTHANKFUL AND TO THE EVIL.”
No, God is no respecter of persons. He treats ALL, one and the same. Isaiah 1:18 “---Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red as crimson, they shall be as wool”
He doesn’t have a different “MEASURE” for various individuals nor their sins.
We human beings tend to judge, according to our perception of their “outward appearance” or particular sin.
You know, we feel great compassion on those whose friends and relatives receive their loved ones back home from a war in a “body bag”. You hear expressions like “He gave his all”; or it may be a line in a patriotic song, “Some gave all.”
How much more should the following scripture apply to us, who have been GIVEN the TRUTH. John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain (as a lasting example of what has been produced by God’s Spirit): that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may GIVE it you”
Finally: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He GAVE His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
SOME GAVE ALL!