I Can’t Give What I Don’t Have!

Someone said something profound at a Bible Study once. Paraphrased, “I can’t trust you because I can’t trust myself.” He was just stating a point of fact. He was not speaking about himself our me.

This is one of the reasons why we have such conflict within relationships.  The statement sparked a thought in my mind. My mind flooded with all of the classes we have taken over the past year at seminary, and the scripture that popped into my mind was this one.

Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

So, I am thinking:

  1. OMS – the issues is not being able to love our neighbor.
  2. The issue is we cannot give what we do not have.
  3. We don’t love ourselves, so we can’t give love to others.
  4. We cannot demonstrate compassion to others because it is not within us to do so.

The bottom line is this – a person cannot give you what they do not have inside of themselves to give.

So, don’t be disappointed when you don’t receive it. Not making excuses.

Could we change that mindset ourselves? NO! Only the Holy Spirit can do that. However, He is not going to force us to change when we don’t want to.

Then a lot of other things started to make so more much sense to me.

The persecuted church…

  • When we are persecuted for righteousness sake.. not because we did something stupid and won’t admit to it. But because we did what Jesus wanted us to do … and are being persecuted for it.
  • Or we did what someone else told us to do and we trusted them enough to do what they said. What a huge difference in that construct.

I thought to myself.. this explains why I had the Beatitudes on my mind so much for the last month or so.

Anyway – those are my random thoughts.

I trust that you have a blessed day today, in that you opened your heart to the Lord and allowed Him to free you from the shackles that bind all of us. Don’t allow anyone to take that freedom away from you. His love is never ending and there is fullness of joy in Him and in Him alone. Don’t allow anyone to steal that either.

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