We all know the Golden Rule, right? Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. (That's in the Bible, by the way. Matthew 7:12. Check it out.)
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 6, Jesus gives us the formula for how that works. "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap."
Think about the dual meaning of that saying of Jesus. It works with our fellow man. When we stop judging, we're less likely to be judged by others. When we forgive, we're more likely to be forgiven. When we're generous, people tend to return that generosity. The same rules apply with God. I like to think of it as God's Golden Rule. "Do unto others as you would have God do unto you."
Father, help us to stop judging and condemning. Help us to be generous and forgive, that we might merit similar treatment for ourselves. Amen.
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