Privilege (possession of things unearned) must not lead to entitlement. Entitlement is terminal. It is malignant. Entitlement starts in the mind. It’s metastatic. The baleful idea - that privilege is warranted - invades the heart. There, entitlement chokes out grace, mercy and love.
Instead, privilege received - as the gift that it is - must be dispensed to those who do not share the same good fortune. Then good fortune will become transformative...it will transform into blessing for it will transform the lives of others. And, shared blessing also proliferates...bringing healing through grace, mercy and love.
You are not blessed for your pleasure! You are blessed to be a blessing!
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.”
- 1 John 3:16-20