This post is Day 7 in a series of studies about “The Spiritual Blessings” in Ephesians, I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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The Spiritual Blessings – Day 7
We can never live up to God’s high standards, not one of us is perfect. Ask yourself if you are quick to forgive. We have a generous God. Think about that for a moment. He doesn’t give His gifts with a spoon, He gives them out by the bucket full.
God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness.
We looked at Grace a couple of days ago, and here we see that one of the characteristics of Grace is forgiveness.
Don’t we all need forgiveness? Constantly? We can never live up to God’s high standards, not one of us is perfect. Father God knows that, that’s why He sent Jesus, to “buy” our forgiveness for us. Ask yourself today if you are quick to forgive. Do you understand all that Jesus did for you as He forgave his murderers?
But what shouts at me as I read today’s verse is the phrase “overflowing kindness”.
We have a generous God. Think about that for a moment. He doesn’t give out His gifts with a spoon, He gives them out by the bucket full, and He asks us to do the same.
Give, and you will receive. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your pocket. (Luke 6:38)
That is exciting. But before we get too excited about it, let’s finish reading that verse in Luke 6:
The standards you use for others will be applied to you.
That makes me really think about how generous I am. If my measure of giving is a teaspoon, how much can I expect God to bless me?
Give thanks to God today for His generosity, and ask yourself how generous you are. If necessary ask Him to break your hesitation in giving, whether it be giving your time to others, or giving goods or cash.
As you consider forgiveness, ask the Lord to show you if there are people in your past that you need to forgive. You may be surprised by some of the occasions He reminds you of: people you had forgotten about and were not even aware that you needed to forgive, as has been my case.