Summary: There are many areas in which we must give and many areas in which we must take.
Life is a “give and take” proposition.
A. This is true in the area of material possessions and
1. We give of our time and talents in the work
place and we take an agreed upon wage for
B. This is true in love and emotional support.
1. We are ready to give this kind of support to
others and count on it being there when we
need it, ourselves.
a. There is comfort in words and actions....
we know this and as Christians, we are
ready to be there for others.
As we look through God’s word, we are impressed by the
number of “give-and-take” instructions and examples that
are there for us.
A. In the time that we have, let us take a look at just
a few of the “give-and-take” instructions that we
I. Give of all you posses....consider them the Lord’s and
Matt. 5:40-42 - 40“If anyone wants to sue you and take
away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41“And
whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
42“Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to
borrow from you do not turn away.
A. We see that the personal things....the things that
might consider valuable....are to be shared with
1. Even with enemies.
a. This doesn’t make “good common sense”
.......human reasoning and “logic”
dictate just the opposite.
** This is reinforced by other passages....
Acts 20:35 - 35“I have shown you in every way, by
laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And
remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is
more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Eph. 4:28 - 28Let him who stole steal no longer, but
rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good,
that he may have something to give him who has need.
II. Give place to wrath....don’t try to even all
scores........pay back evil with kindness.
Romans 12:19-21 - 19Beloved, do not avenge
yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written,
“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
20Therefore“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is
thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap
coals of fire on his head.”21Do not be overcome by evil,
but overcome evil with good.
A. We are not to respond.....in kind.....to the evil that
others may do to us.
1. We don’t respond, “in kind”....but “in
III. Give in.
I Cor. 10:31-33 - 31Therefore, whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32Give no
offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church
of God, 33just as I also please all men in all things, not
seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they
may be saved.
Phil. 2:14-15 - 14Do all things without complaining and
disputing, 15that you may become blameless and harmless,
children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and
perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the
Rom. 14:19 - 19Therefore let us pursue the things which
make for peace and the things by which one may edify
Rom. 12:18 - 18If it is possible, as much as depends on
you, live peaceably with all men.
A. Our liberty....the freedoms that we have, in
Christ, should never be used to offend another.
1. In points that don’t matter to salvation, we
need to be ready to give in to others and not
to insist on our way.
IV. Give thanks.
A. I know that we all give thanks....to some degree...
1. We thank God for the day and for the food,
and possibly for one or two other things.
a. Have we ever just sat down and counted
the many ways in which we have been
so richly blessed?
1.) I think that.....for the most part.....
our thanksgiving is shallow and
(as with so much) is very self
a.) If it hasn’t happened to us, we
don’t need or want to thank
I Thess. 5:18 - 18in everything give thanks; for this is the
will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Eph. 5:20 - 20giving thanks always for all things to God
the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Col. 3:17 - 17And whatever you do in word or deed, do
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the
Father through Him.
B. Even though we may know to do this.....so often
we start taking everything for granted and
forget to give our thanks to God for the multitude
of blessings that He has blessed us with.