God doesn’t require that we give up everything we have to love others well. But there are few things he has given us that he asks us to hold with open hands, ready to generously give a portion of in order for the people in our lives to get a taste of the sacrificial love of Jesus. Wondering what those three things are? Read on…
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.” 1 John 5:1-33a NIV
Love changes the way we live our lives. In Christ, we discover what it truly means to love others. We love, because God loved us first. From his steadfast love, we are filled up and overflowing, and from that storehouse of love we can love others as an act of obedience to God (Moody Bible Commentary).
Though God doesn’t ask us to give everything we have away, I do believe he blesses us so that we can bless others out of our abundance. “My cup overflows,” writes David in Psalm 23. Indeed, God blesses us until our cups overflow, so that we have no excuse not to give out of the abundance of love and goodness he blesses us with.
Are you looking for ways to love others in your daily life? Every act of love in His name brings glory to our great God. With Jesus as our model and guide, here are three gifts I believe God has given us in order to be a gift to others: