THE CONCLUSION V
We have established that love is the conclusion of all the conclusions of the ‘whole matter’ in the scriptures. Jesus said that the whole commandments is wrapped up in love. Matthew 22:37-40. He also refer to the commandment of love as the greatest commandment. Mark 12:30-31.
We also established from scriptures that we must obey His commandments to show that we love Him. John 14:15. It is our corresponding acts of love that validates our confession of love.
For instance, God is love personified. I John 4:8, 16. He so loved the world; He so gave to the world. John 3:16. Someone says; “You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving”. Giving is a scriptural proof of the sincerity of our love (even for God). The Bible says:
“Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.” II Corinthians 8:1-8
People do not give because they do not have; they don’t give because they don’t love. People do not give because they are poor; they don’t give because they don’t have the heart to give. When love takes root in the heart, giving becomes natural. The Macedonian churches were poor yet liberal in their giving. What a paradox! Those that truly love God will delightfully give to God.
We cannot claim to love God and hoard our time, resources and energy from Him. Obeying the commandment of giving is a demonstration of our love for Him. Giving delightfully, diligently and tirelessly is a proof of the sincerity of our profession of love for God.
It is important to mention here that giving attract tremendous blessings from God but let our giving be love motivated and love driven; primarily to show that we love Him. We are not in the business of just chasing after what He gives as a follow up to our giving but just to demonstrate that we love Him. King Solomon first loved the Lord then he gave a thousand burnt offering to the Lord. I Kings 3:3-4. He secure and open heaven as a result. I Kings 3:5.
As believers, let us show our love by giving our best to God; God gave both His best and His all to us. Let us reciprocate His love by giving to Him lovingly without ‘strings attached’; let us show our love by giving to God diligently, tirelessly and delightfully!
Scriptures for meditation: II Corinthians 8:1-8; II Corinthians 9:7
Jesus is Lord!