Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Ac 3:6)
We can only give out of what we have received (or experienced) ourselves!
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Eph 4:32)
Since God has forgiven us of ALL of our sins, shouldn’t we extend that same forgiveness to others?
Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you? (Mt 18:32)
This is where the master had forgiven his servant a huge debt. Then this SAME [released] servant had his fellow servant put in jail, because he owed the released man a small amount of money! Shouldn’t the released man have shown the same compassion that he himself had received?
Through these concepts, we can learn several things, among which are:
- a) We must acknowledge the good things that we, ourselves, have received from our heavenly Father before we can minister those things to others. When we acknowledge that we have received compassion, we’re able to share compassion. When we agree that we have received forgiveness from God, we’re able to forgive those who have hurt us.
- b) We’re told by the Lord in His Word that we should be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving to others, because we have received those same things from God through Jesus Christ.
- c) We can only GIVE out of what we DO HAVE! Are you aware of all that you have in Jesus Christ?
Study what you DO HAVE in Jesus so that you may minister those wonderful blessings and gifts to the hurting and the needy. The world is waiting . . . yearning for the manifestation of the sons (children) of God. (Rom 8:19)