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)
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen 1:27)
. . . for in the image of God He made man. (Gen 9:6b)
God created mankind in His own image. If we meditate upon this concept, it can be eye-opening for us.
One point I’d like to discuss here is that our God is a creative Being, and He has created us in His own likeness. Every single one of us has the capacity to be creative. What does that mean? It means that every human being has original talent and ability in unique areas and ways. Each and EVERY one of us has and does receive:
- Artistic thoughts/ideas
We’re not all called to be actors or musicians, but we may instead be called to be composers or designers. We may be a computer whiz whose creative ideas design new programs and software. Another person may be an interior designer, an engineer, or a gifted organizer with skill and talent in creating workable systems. There are as many ways to be creative as there are human beings on the face of the earth!
Don’t sell yourself short! Acknowledge that you have creativity within you. Think about what you most love to do, and where your talents and abilities lie. Then release yourself mentally to prosper in the occupation of your choosing!
God has blessed all of the work of our hands, minds, and hearts.
Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men. (Pro 22:29)
There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. (1 Cor 12:5-6)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (Jam 1:17) See our next article for part two of this topic.