A Spiritual Boomerang

boomerangThe boomerang is a tool or weapon that is crafted to be thrown. It is typically constructed as a flat airfoil that is designed to spin about an axis perpendicular to the direction of its flight. A returning boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. It is well known as an instrument used by aboriginal Australians for hunting.

In the spiritual realm, there is a principle of reciprocating action similar to the action of a boomerang. The Apostle Paul addresses this principle in his letter to the Corinthians: But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). What we give or withhold returns to us in like manner. Jesus taught this principle: Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).

The Message Translation of Proverbs 11:24 provides excellent insight into the reciprocation concept: The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” In the Book of Acts, Paul presents us with a beatitude that goes against our natural intuitions and instincts: “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35).

The principle of reciprocating action, the spiritual boomerang, is the scriptural way into the Lord’s blessings. Therefore, let us be gracious to those who have offended us, liberal in sharing our physical resources, abundant in our kindness to strangers, and generous in loving our neighbors. May we be joyful in sharing our faith in Christ and always be respectful to unbelievers.

A Principle To Live By:  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you”.

~ Brother Roy

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