A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap… (Luke 6:38)
This verse ends a passage full of advice, meaning, teaching … a passage that could fill many hours of meditation. Here’s the full verse 38: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.
The words almost sound like the process of baking, or kneading dough: you measure out your ingredients, mix them, and press down on the resulting dough. Except that this dough is overflowing.
The whole passage, Luke 6:27-38, is about acting with mercy and love in a broken and cruel world. Jesus says who act with mercy under trying circumstances will find an overflowing reward.
Under trying circumstances, we may not view the “good measure” dropped in our laps as a good thing. We feel like the ones being shaken up and pressed down!
Mercy and love take practice, and we don’t always get it right. We have to keep mixing and kneading, I suppose.
Have you noticed good results from showing love and mercy?