change through embarrassment

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Luke 6:37-38

Luk 6:37 “Do not criticise, and you will not be criticised; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luk 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good amount, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap. Because the amount you use will be the amount you receive.”

change through embarrassment

The Lord’s commands to the poor disciples were not the raving of a radical leader, calling for violence and the overthrow of oppressors. He did not call for the poor to avenge themselves on the rich. Instead, he advocated change through embarrassment. He told his followers to shame their oppressors by quietly accepting their mistreatment, forgiving those who mistreat them, and giving them what they want, even though it is unfair.

The Lord promises that he will give back what the oppressors take unfairly. The amount extorted unfairly will be the amount returned by the Lord. But the followers may have to wait until “that day” (6:23) for their return on that investment. We may have to wait this lifetime, showing our faith in the one who promised justice.

LORD, give us the courage to follow your path to change.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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