Measure

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God measures or weighs our actions and motives in His ‘honesty scales’ (1 Sam 2:3; Job 31:6; Prov 16:2). He hates crooked dealings, so we are to be truthful in all our dealings with others, maintaining proper standards, doing to them as we would they do to us (Lev 19:35; Prov 11:1; Mic 6:11; Mt 7:12).

The measure we use towards others is the same measure by which we will receive back – generosity begets generosity (Mt 7:2; Lk 6:37,38; Gal 6:7-10). Am I a generous or stingy person?

It is unwise to measure or compare ourselves against other people, for it is against His standards we will be judged (Jn 12:48; 2 Cor 10:12). We are easily biased by our own self-interest or use false measures.

The measure of God’s love is endless. He abundantly provides for us beyond what we can think or ask, according to His power that is at work in us (Jn 10:10; Eph 3:20; Tit 3:4-7). We should use the same measure for others as did the Macedonian churches. “Even in extreme poverty, they gave generously” (Lk 21:4; 2 Cor 8:2,3). Do I have a heart motive of sacrificially reaching out to bless others?

See also: cheating, compare/comparison, generosity, honesty, sow and reap, standards.

 


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