Two principles of the Kingdom
Firstly there is also the principle of generosity.
The principle of generosity dictates that when you give, you receive.
The Bible tells us in Luke 6 verse 38, ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
This principle, again, is simple to know but far more complicated in its application.
Some might interpret this verse in a financial way. Give money and you will get money. Yet, this is not always the case. You might be generous with the finance that God puts into your hands, but you may reap a harvest of your generosity by other means.
If we can get to a place where we are conduits for God’s blessings, we will see blessings like we have never done before. If we can let finance, time and resources flow freely through our hands, I believe that we will reap a great harvest of blessing in our own lives. To apply this principle, why not ask God where you can afford to be a little more generous? Perhaps it is with our money. Maybe it’s with our time. It could even be with our words. However you intend to extend generosity, look out for the increase in your own life for it will surely come!
Second, there is the principle of forgiveness.
Forgiveness means to grant pardon or remission of an offence or debt.
In Matthew 18 verses 21-35 we read a story of an unforgiving servant. This servant owes a great deal to his master and is ‘let off the hook’. He’s forgiven his large debt and shown great mercy. But, as soon as he receives his forgiveness, the servant hurries out and demands that his debtor repays him an insignificant amount. The original creditor discovers this behaviour and drags the servant into jail where he’s tortured until he repays every last penny.
Jesus is very clear in this parable; if you do not forgive from your heart – as you are forgiven – you will not receive forgiveness yourself. The principle of forgiveness lies in the foundation that, if you extend mercy to others, you yourself will receive mercy from where it counts – your heavenly Father. This principle is best applied to our lives when we experience an offence. It’s easy to know the principle of forgiveness and mercy, but practising it when we are offended is a little trickier!
Remembering that we have been forgiven much will remind us to forgive, releasing others from the offences they have caused us. The offence that we endure will never compare with the extent to which we have been forgiven.
Forgiveness and mercy may need to be practised daily. But once it becomes a habit, we will live free of the crippling effects of unforgiveness and secure in God’s loving mercy.
There are many principles in the Kingdom of God that can be applied to our everyday lives. Offering forgiveness and displaying generosity are simply two.
Why not challenge yourself to discover more kingdom principles in the Word of God that will help you to navigate everyday life in a godly way?