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Biblical Stewardship Resource Library

Luke 6:38

THE OUTWARD LIFE OF A STEWARD
Handling Hostility

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

In Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says in 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure — pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return (NASB).” Contrary to what this verse is typically said to be talking about, we will see that in this passage Jesus is giving us quite explicit instructions on how we are to interact with those who curse us, hate us and mistreat us. This teaching is absolutely some of Jesus’ most radical and counter-intuitive teaching that every bit of our fallen human nature will resist. Would you like to win over your enemies and make them your friends? Think about it.