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How Do You Want Your Bread Buttered?

Justice Integrity Karma

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-01

Scripture: Matthew 7:2

Author: Unknown / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

There is an old story about two neighbors, a baker and a farmer. The baker began to be suspicious of the farmer, wondering if he wasn't getting his money's worth when he paid for a pound of butter. He weighed the farmer's butter on several occasions, and the butter consistently weighed less than a full pound. Enraged, he had him arrested for fraud. 

The judge asked the farmer at the trial, "I presume you have scales?" 

"Yes, of course, Your Honor," the farmer replied. 

"And I presume you use standard weights to measure your goods?” the judge asked. 

“Yes, generally,” said the farmer. “But I don’t use them when serving the baker,” replied the farmer.

"Then how do you hope to weigh accurately the butter you sell to your neighbor?" the judge asked. 

"That's easy," the farmer said. "When the baker began to buy butter from me, I decided to buy my bread from him. I've been using his one-pound loaves to balance my scales when I portion out his butter.

APPLICATION

Nothing could be fairer than to be judged in accordance with how we judge others. So, if you would like to avoid a stricter judgment, keep your standard of judging others as low as possible.

"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Matthew 7:2).

The Karma Rule of Time

Karma Good Works Respect

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-11

Scripture: Matthew 7:12 ; Luke 6:31

Author: Unknown / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The Karma Principal of Time:

When a bird is alive, it eats ants.
When a bird is dead, the ants eat the bird.
One tree makes a million match sticks.
It only takes one match to burn down a million trees.
You may be powerful today, but time is more powerful than you are.
Don't devalue or hurt anyone in life--time and circumstances can change at any moment, making the master the slave.

APPLICATION

Some might call this karma, some might call it the law of comeuppance. Christians call it the Golden Rule:

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12, cf Luke 6:31).

Holding Out For Grace

Grace Karma Salvation

Source: Bono: "In Conversation with Michka Assayas" (Riverhead Books, 2005)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2010-10-22

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Bono
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ILLUSTRATION

"What you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics—in physical laws—every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. It's clear to me that karma is at the very heart of the universe. I'm absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called grace to upend all that "as you reap, so you will sow" stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I've done a lot of stupid stuff. . .."

APPLICATION

Bono adds, "It doesn't excuse my mistakes, but I'm holding out for grace. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity."

"God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God" (Ephesians 2:8, NLT).

Be Perfect!

Grace Religion Works Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-05-28

Scripture: Matthew 5:48

Author: Illustration Exchange
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If You Pay For Anything, You Pay for Everything

Grace Works Salvation Atonement

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8 ; Romans 11:6

Author: Allen Snapp
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A Second Chance Isn't Always A Great Thing

Second Chances Justice Forgiveness

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-09-14

Scripture: Matthew 18:21 ; Jonah 2:1

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Playing Dumb

Deceived/Deception God's Judgment Law (of God)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-10-14

Scripture: Luke 8:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Flat Tire Delayed 50 Miles

Works Salvation Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-22

Scripture: John 3:3 ; Matthew 7:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Woman Faces Court For Parking Two Seconds Too Early

God's Judgment Law (of God) Justification (Positional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Galatians 2:16 ; Romans 3:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Woman Has Plastic Surgery To Avoid Debt

Responsibility Salvation Works Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-15

Scripture: Colossians 2:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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