Sunday, May 16, 2010
Giving Vs Receiving
Getting gratifies, but sharing satisfies.
"....And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " (Act 20:35, NKJV).
Remember when you receive something, at the most you can only show a human gratitude to the person who gives by being thankful verbally and in your actions. But when you give something, you are showing the God-ness in you to the one who receives from you.
"God so loved the world that He gave His Only Beloved Son......." (John 3:16). God gave His only begotten Son and as a result of it "...has begotten us [all] again to a living hope [of eternal bliss] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead " (1 Pet 1:3). In other words, by giving His most prized possession of His Son, God has been blessed to produce more sons through His only Begotten Son. Praise the Lord!
When we go to God we receive and receive and receive that is all we can do, when God comes to us he gives and gives and gives that is all he can do. To receive is human, but to give is divine.
Every time we ask God for-giveness, he says for-given. In other words, God says for-giveness is given for you to for-give others. This is why the Bible says, "... even as Christ forgave you [of all your past,present and future sins], so you also must do [to others when they complain against you for no reason]." (Col 3:13). The greatest thing that God has given for us humans is "forgiveness".