TOPIC: LOVE GIVES
Scripture: John 3: 16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter!
As we, conclude on the theme, the more excellent way, I wish to bring to our notice that the practice of love is not complete without giving! Your walking in love is confirmed by your giving.
It was Dr. Garry Chapman who did a lot of research along the line of love that exists in family life and he came out with a finding that is so profound called the five love language for women.
1. Words of affirmation
2. Acts of service
3. Giving and receiving of gifts
4. Quality time spent
5. Physical touch.
The third point on the list, which is giving and receiving of gifts agrees with the Bible that says:
John 3: 16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life
The reason for God giving His only begotten son is love! Hence any one who is really walking in love must be ready to give. You cannot say ‘I love God’ when you cannot give to God! Neither will you say I love mankind when it is difficult to give to mankind.
For a wife whose love language is giving and receiving of gifts, no matter your words of affirmation, ‘I love you’, ‘I love you’, it will make no meaning to her. Infact, as far as she is concerned your love will remain suspicious until you speak her language of love by giving to her. So also anyone who is saying ‘I love you Jesus’ must be able to prove His love by giving!
What do I have to give?
That maybe someone’s question! Hmmm! Well, as far as God is concerned, the first thing to give is your heart!
Proverbs 23: 26. My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
So until your heart is surrender to God, then your full life can be given to God! If you can give your life then your resources can as well be given to God. If God owns your life, He also own your resources!
Many people find it difficult to give their resources because they haven’t surrendered their lives to God. If God is number one in your heart, He can not be last in your program.
Many of us plan for ourselves but none for God yet we claim to love God! Let’s learn to demonstrate our love for God by giving to God. Some person find it difficult to support the course of the Gospel, and kingdom project with their resources, it is time to repent of such because love gives!
Besides giving to God, we must also extend our love to the people around us. Don’t give to God while you forget that person that is dying around you of starvation!
That is tantamount to hypocrisy! The Bible said:
1 John 4: 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
Jesus also taught to show love by caring for our brethren:
Matthew 25: 44. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45. Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
May I remind you that the first Adam fell for love, and the last Adam also died for love!
Please note that you can give without love! It is not every giving that is motivated by love. However, those of us who are born of God and born of love, we are to give from a heart of love. God sees our hearts, so every giving that is not motivated by love has no rewards. It is either a trap or a gratification!
In conclusion, love gives! If God loves us and gave to us, we should reciprocate the same love by giving.
Remember this; Heaven is real and hell is real. The decision to spend eternity with God begins now. Give your heart to Jesus today.
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord, I received the grace to walk in love by giving.
– I prophesy the power of love which is the greatest force on earth shall force you into your inheritance this season in the name of Jesus.
– It is a new day for you!
From your brother Alex
God bless you.