Can’t Give What You Don’t Have

6 Apr

I’m not sure where or when I first heard this sentence:  “You cannot give what you do not have.”  Makes sense.

In regard to our spiritual lives, the quotation applies in several ways.  Scriptures teach us that “We love because He first loved us.”  It’s the same principle.  It is very difficult to give love if you’ve never experienced being loved.  Forgiveness, if you’ve never been forgiven.  Comfort,  if you’ve never received and experienced comfort from someone else.

Among suggested readings for this Monday in Holy Week is 2 Corinthians 1:1-7.  Take a moment and read it and let your focus fall on verse 4:  “…God consoles us in our affliction so that we may we be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourseles are consoled by God.”  Just as it would be virtually impossible for me to educate someone about Jesus if I’ve never learned anything about him myself, or to introduce someone to Jesus if you’ve never met him yourself, so our abilities to offer comfort and consolation grow out of our personal encounter  with the Grace and kindness of God.

Having received, we are to give.  Loving consolation is given to us for our blessing and healing, but it doesn’t stop there.  Having received, we are obliged to give.  Was it Harry Truman who said: “The buck stops here”, referring to his presidential accountability?  Well, the blessing doesn’t stop here, not with you or me.  It moves through us to touch others in need.

So, when you count your blessings, count out an equal number that you can bestow upon the people you meet, those who would be encouraged and strengthened by the comfort of a loving Creator.


2 Responses to “Can’t Give What You Don’t Have”

  1. Barb Sargent April 7, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

    I just began reading your blogs (April 1-6) after the notification about them came out from St. Mark’s. I love them!

    • AZWriter April 7, 2020 at 2:54 pm #

      Barb, so glad you find the blog interesting. I’m honored that you read it. If you check the small box in the lower right hand corner of the blog page (Follow) you will get an email announcement each time I post something. Again, thanks.

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