The world was ruined by human selfishness. The world is being restored by selflessness – by GIVING. God is a GIVER, Christ is a GIVER, Believers are exhorted to be GIVERS. Religions present the gods as TAKERS, but the Bible reveals the True and Living God as the Great GIVER. Love is defined by Giving.
“For God so loved the world, that he GAVE… If thou knewest the GIFT of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have GIVEN thee living water… the Son of man shall GIVE unto you… my Father GIVETH you the true bread from heaven…For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and GIVETH life unto the world… the bread that I will GIVE is my flesh, which I will GIVE for the life of the world… I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd GIVETH his life for the sheep… For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who GAVE himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
Thomas Cahill, in his work How the Irish Saved Civilization, made this wonderful observation.
“The Romans are the rich and powerful who run things their way and must always accrue more because they instinctively believe that there will never be enough to go around; the catholics, as their name implies, are universalists who instinctively believe that all humanity makes one family, that every human being is an equal child of God, and that God will provide. The twenty-first century…will be spiritual or it will not be. If our civilization is to be saved – forget about civilization, which, as Patrick would say, may pass ‘in a moment like a cloud or smoke that is scattered by the wind’ – if WE are to be saved, it will not be by Romans but by Saints.”
In that spirit, enjoy this incredible poem which will encourage us to walk in Love as Christ loves us and GIVES Himself for us as an offering and sacrifice to God. Love is defined by GIVING.