March 28 What’s In Your Bucket?

Luke 6:30-38

30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.

31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.


Imagine you have a bucket, and all the “supplies” inside are for your interactions with people. What’s in your bucket?

Jesus points out a number of things that we can choose to pour out on others—material possessions, love, good deeds, money, mercy, and pardon. It’s an impressive list. And yet He also challenges us to love our enemies, do good to those who mistreat us, give to “takers,” lend without expecting anything in return, and grant mercy to those who don’t deserve it. Why would He call us to this? Because as God’s children, we’re expected to treat others the way He treats them—“for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil people” (Luke 6:35).

The second thing to consider is the size of our bucket. Jesus says that by our standard of measure, it will be measured back to us (Luke 6:38). However, we are also told to expect nothing in return from those we treat with kindness (v. 35). The ultimate reward for our loving and gracious behavior will come, not from them but from God.

What are you pouring onto others? By showering them with grace, you display the character of your Father. Use a bucket full of love and kindness, and you’ll discover that the Lord uses an even bigger bucket to lavish His goodness upon you.


Charles Stanley



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