I said something yesterday, in the context of my blog post, about how I seek, and receive, Christ’s comfort daily. Someone asked, “how do you go about receiving? Anything in particular that you do?”.
I gave a partial answer:
It’s just a matter of believing and not fearing. Believing that it’s possible, that the only “worthiness” test is to believe and to be completely at ease, trusting, and transparent. He is complete kindness, empathy, and love. Only peace in his presence. Not VISIONS but presence.
This morning, I understood a more complete answer.
Put simply, we can’t receive what we’re not willing to give. Furthermore, we can’t receive what we do not give.
In other words:
- If I want to receive empathy, I must give empathy
- If I desire compassion, I must give compassion
- If I want to receive understanding, I must give understanding
- If I want to be freed from guilt, I cannot assign guilt
- If I want to receive forgiveness, I must give forgiveness
- If I want to be loved unconditionally, I must love unconditionally
- If I want to learn, I must teach
- If I want to be comforted, I must comfort
In 1 Corinthians 13, which is commonly attributed to Paul, we read:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Visions, visitations, miracles, prophecies, revelations…they all mean nothing if I am do not love as I desire to be loved.
So, is there “anything in particular that I do”? I try really hard to do give that which I desire to receive.
“He is complete kindness, empathy, and love”.
If I would receive from Him; if I would receive Him, I, too, must be “complete kindness, empathy, and love”.