“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” (Robert Louis Stevenson).
We’ve likely all done it – written a check to the local school or scouting troop to get the kid off our front porch! As Stevenson says, we gave, but probably didn’t have much love in our hearts as we did so.
Jesus actually made the same connection between loving and giving during the Sermon on the Mount, when He said:
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:42-45)
If giving is tantamount to demonstrating love, and love is a mark of God’s children, why are we hesitant to give? At the end of the day, I suspect the answer is fear. We fear if we give our time to a cause, we won’t have enough time to complete our own “to-do” list. Or if we give money to others now, we won’t have enough for ourselves later, etc. In the end, it comes down to faith.
We could probably modify Stevenson’s quote to read, “You can’t love without giving, and you can’t give without trusting.”
Do you show your love by giving? If not, is faith the issue? Ask God to increase your trust in Him so you can show His love to others through giving. –Dave
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