Measuring Cups, Weights and Measures

I have been cooking a lot of late – preparing goodies for our church bake sale at the Pumpkin Patch. I am reminded of watching my grandmother prepare meals and delicacies. She measured some things, but most was done by a pinch of this and a dash of that.  When I began to cook, I relied on standard measurements and still do for things that I do not cook often. However, things I cook on a regular basis can be done by sight and taste.  All this thinking about measures led me to delve into God’s Word about measures.

How do we measure? There is talk of measuring up, weighing possibilities and lengthening experiences.  Today, God talked to me through His Word about measuring.  Let me share with you some of the thoughts and verses.

Love Richly
Let your measure of love be deep and rich. We have been so richly loved that we should love richly in return.
Ephesians 3:16-19
New International Version (NIV)
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
John 17:13
New International Version (NIV)
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
Romans 15:29
New International Version (NIV)
29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.
Give Generously 
How can we out give God who gives so generously of Himself?
Luke 6:38
New International Version (NIV)
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Treat Everyone Fairly
We deny the liberty we have in Christ when we show favoritism. We have been given treatment that we do not deserve. In turn, we must treat others fairly and better than they deserve.
Deuteronomy 25:15
New International Version (NIV)
15 You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Proverbs 20:10
New International Version (NIV)
10 Differing weights and differing measures—
    the Lord detests them both.
Amos 8:5
New International Version (NIV)
5 saying,
“When will the New Moon be over
    that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
    that we may market wheat?”—
skimping on the measure,
    boosting the price
    and cheating with dishonest scales,
Judge Wisely
Judge or consider wisely.  This involves weighing with the scale of God’s wise love. Judgement will come, but He withholds it in order to bring us into His fold.
Matthew 7:1 -2
New International Version (NIV)
Judging Others
7 :1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:37
New International Version (NIV)
Judging Others
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Mark 4:24
New International Version (NIV)
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.
2 Corinthians 10:12
New International Version (NIV)
12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
1 Corinthians 4:5
New International Version (NIV)
5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
James 2:3-4
New International Version (NIV)
3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Produce Abundantly
Using God’s measures (qualities), we produce abundant fruit, growing in His grace.
2 Peter 1:8
New International Version (NIV)
8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 10:10
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
1 Samuel 2:2
The Message (MSG)
2-5 Nothing and no one is holy like God,
    no rock mountain like our God.
Don’t dare talk pretentiously—
    not a word of boasting, ever!
For God knows what’s going on.
    He takes the measure of everything that happens.
The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces,
    while the weak are infused with fresh strength.
The well-fed are out begging in the streets for crusts,
    while the hungry are getting second helpings.
The barren woman has a houseful of children,
    while the mother of many is bereft.
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