Loving and Giving

Mark 12:33   (NLT)   And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

Love gives. Loving and giving are not mutually exclusive. True, we can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving. When a choice has to be made between the two, loving is absolutely more important than any giving, offering, or sacrifice we do for God.

Love-God-Love-OthersGod loves us tremendously that He gave us His only Son. A poor widow gave God her two mites— everything she had to live on. God gives us grace, mercy, forgiveness, and many other spiritual and material blessings too numerous to count. He gave us His word; He gives us instructions; He gives us comfort, provision, protection, His promises, His Name. He gives us His companionship—His presence—where we find joy and pleasure. He gives us resurrection; He gives us eternal life; He gives us life itself. He gives us love itself.

Love is never stingy. The person who loves you desires to lavish you with gifts. God has poured out so many blessings that we don’t even have enough room to contain them—not even enough room for memory—to recall all of them. When a person says he loves you but is stingy towards you, that is a cause for caution. A person who says he loves God but wouldn’t give to Him, to His work, and to His cause is questionable. The very reason why we can easily, willingly, lovingly, and cheerfully give to God is because we love Him. And we are called to do nothing less than loving our precious Lord God with everything we have, and everything we are, and express that love we have for Him to other people.

 

Fulfillment of the Law

Romans 13:10   (KJV)   10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

If the commandments having to do with human relationship is summed up to loving our neighbor as ourselves, loving them has largely to do with not harming them.

Not doing ill or harm to others is great; doing good to them is as great or even greater. We’ve heard the saying “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you;” the Lord Jesus told us to “Do unto others what we want others to do to us.”

Loving others is a debt we have to pay; it’s a debt we’re actually encouraged to have.