“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:37–38, NIV 1984).
My Musings – There is way too much judging, condemning, and holding grudges these days, with way too little giving. Seems to me things were a lot different when I was younger. “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (2 Timothy 3:1–5, NIV 1984).
I don’t know if this old world is seeing its last days (but the verse from 2 Timothy is pretty descriptive of today), but at 65 I know I am on the downward slope and have been for some time now. Nevertheless, I prefer a world where we are slow to judge and condemn, and quick to forgive and give. Hopefully the world can reverse course and get back to some semblance of the “good old days.” If not, “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.” (Matthew 24:37–39, NIV 1984). “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” (Genesis 6:5–6, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Every inclination, only evil all the time? Are we there yet? Perhaps not. It (“the measure [we] use“] need not be so with us. The darker it gets, the brighter we should shine.