Are we good stewards of God's love, forgiveness, compassion, etc.?
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Lu 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
This Scripture (v.38) is always preached about money. But we need to get our minds on the big picture and read both Scriptures together. He is talking about our behavior.
We reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).
Luke 12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Lu 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
Lu 12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
Lu 12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Matthew 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Mt 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. (Also Luke 12:42-43)
Mt 24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
Notice that the faithful servants were blessed for doing the Lord's work until He returned, but the unfaithful ones were not so.
Mt 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
Mt 24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
Mt 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
Mt 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
You can read in Matthew 25:14-30 the parable of a man travelling to a far country who left his servants his goods. When he returned he wanted to know what each one had done with the talents they received.
The Scripture in Luke 19:12-27 is similar except he tells them to occupy until he returns.
That is what we are suppose to do until Jesus returns: be about our Father's business.
This has always been taught concerning money. I want to talk about it concerning God's love, mercy,
We are to be good stewards of God's grace.
1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Steward in this next Scripture means the manager of household or of household affairs.
1 Chronicles 28:1 And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem.
Notice that the steward was over all that the king and his sons owned. When Jesus went away he left us (His disciples) in charge of family affairs. We are to do all the things that Jesus did while He walked on earth: preach the gospel, cast out devils, heal the sick, bind up the broken-hearted, etc.
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mr 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
We are to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God, and to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
1co 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We are to be good stewards of God's love.
Romans 5:5 .....the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Love one another. Our faith will not work without love Galatians 5:6.
The Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to love even the unloveable. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
This does not necessarily mean we lay down our natural life. It can mean that in some cases. We have seen this in the case of a person who pushes someone out of the path of a car and gets hit themselves. But mostly it means we should be willing to give up our plans for the day for someone in need.
1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
We should be good stewards of our fruit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Ga 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
We should be bringing forth fruit, the fruit of the Spirit. We are to bring forth this fruit and give it out to others.
Most of all we should be good stewards of our witness.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
We are the only Bible some people ever read. We should show forth the attributes of our heavenly Father. We should be spreading the Good News of the Gospel.
We are to be good stewards of mercy.
Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Romans 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Ro 9:24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Jesus said in Luke 10:27 ... Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. A lawyer said, "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus told the parable of the Samaritan, then he asked him who was a neighbor unto him.
Luke 10:37 And he (Jesus) said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
We are to be good stewards of forgiveness.
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mt 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
If we forgive we will be forgiven if not God won't forgive us. Matthew 6:14-15 & Mark 11:25-26
Lu 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Lu 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Jesus was dying on the cross after being mocked and beaten. In Luke 23:34 He said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Steven said almost the same thing as they stoned him to death.
If they could forgive the ones who caused them to die, can't we forgive someone for hurting our feelings?
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
We are to be good stewards of God's compassion.
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1pe 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
In Mark chapter 18 Jesus taught about a servant who owed a great debt to the king and how he could not pay that debt. He begged for compassion from the king and he forgave him. This same servant had a man thrown in jail who owed him a very small amount of money. The king found out and this is what he said. Matthew 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? The king turned him over to the tormentors until he paid the debt.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
Love the Lord and stay in His Word and you will fulfill all of these attributes. We all fall sometimes. We must get up, ask God to forgive us, and keep on doing our Father's business.