God is very keen on correct measurements and very generous in His dealings.
"You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt." Leviticus 19:36 ESV
"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you." Luke 6:37-38 ESV
God is never unrealistic. We can be. We measure situations incorrectly. We underestimate or overestimate often. True there are some of us that are sticklers for measuring everything just right.
There are a few things needed to make right assessments:
- A Just Balance: A tool that properly compares the weight of one thing to another
- A Just Weights: A standard object that is the model for the weight
- Just Ephahs and Hins: Liquid and solids are measured in different ways we need containers for both
Once the standards are set then the measurements can be made.
Measurements are useful as a means of comparison.
"But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift." Ephesians 4:7 ESV
What is the measure of Christ's gift! I get broken thinking about it.
How can I balance mercy against that... or forgiveness?
Grace seems like an unjust measure until we compare what is on the other side of the balance. God correctly assesses each situation and grace is His way of operating because of the standard set by His Son.
I want to live a realistic life. I don't want to go around overestimating or underestimating situations, resources or relationships. It is not good to take lightly what I should go out of my way to address or overcompensate on the less weighty things in life.
Along with a mind that weighs things well we all can also have a generous spirit. Why? Christ's gift makes us generous people.