Measuring Up - Week Seven (Lorain Campus)

Expanding Your Circle of Love

“Measuring Up”

Luke 6:37-38


Are we measuring up to Jesus’ standard?

  • Am I listening? (27a)
  • Am I loving well? (27b-35a)
  • Am I resembling the Father? (35b-36) (Matt 5:44-45)
  • What am I doing? (31, 37-38)



  • God’s glory and presence fill the whole earth and universe - except the heart of man.
  • We do not measure up to God’s standard.
  • We do not hold others to a just standard.
  • God knew this and sent One who did measure up. (Eph. 3:19 NIV)
  • Jesus’ death on the cross pours life into those who believe in Him giving forgiveness and hope and peace to the fullest measure!


What does measuring up look like?

  • Accept the free gift of God in Christ
  • Invite Him to make His home in your heart - to make you more like Jesus
  • Display the character of God in how you love Him & others
    • judging | forgiving = release
    • condemning | giving = surrender
    • We do not forgive and give to get but to let go
    • It’s not about what I get, it’s about what God gets: glory & praise
  • We need to up our measurement to God’s standard
    • In Christ, He has forgiven and given to the fullest measure and poured it into our laps
    • He expects us to forgive and give to others with this same measurement!
    • Measuring up is a heart issue - allow God in to make your heart truly His home so His presence will fill the universe and you





Core CHRISTlike Characteristics: Relates with Other-Centered Love, Spirit-Led Servant


LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Life

  • Begin Life Group with prayer - invite the Holy Spirit to speak and move among you.
  • Ice breaker: Whether it was a job you worked or school or other moments in life, describe a time that you felt you didn’t measure up to the task or challenge in front of you.
  • Looking back over this series, what area do you feel you’ve grown in when responding to Jesus’ challenge to listen, love, resemble the Father and do good to others?
  • Thinking of that person who you struggle to forgive, or the one you don’t wish to give anything to, how can you take a step towards the love and generosity Jesus is talking about here?
  • How does the Hindu/Buddhist term “karma” compare and differ to what Jesus is teaching in this section?
  • Read Jesus’ story of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35. Apply Jesus’ instruction in this passage to the story - how does the story help elaborate on Jesus’ point? How can we live differently because of this?
  • End your time in prayer over these things. Encourage and strengthen each other as you pray especially in the growth we all need to be Spirit-led lovers who forgive and give abundantly for God’s glory!