Message # 679
What Does Love Do? Love Gives!
For God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not
perish but have everlasting life.
Since 1908, the Gideons International
has been placing Bibles in motel
and hotel rooms in the United States
and distributing Scripture around
the world. Unique to the hotel
Bibles is the presentation of John 3:16
in many languages. Why this verse?
Because it epitomizes what it means
that God loves mankind: God loved
so much that He gave.
In modern English-speaking cultures,
love has been mischaracterized and
misspelled as luv—a warm and fuzzy
feeling. But love is not a feeling;
love is an action. Just as God gave
the life of His Son to the world,
Jesus said that the greatest
demonstration of love is to give
one’s life for another (John 15:13).
Love gives many things: help, money,
food, shelter, advice, comfort,
understanding, and more. Besides
being an action verb, love is also
a noun, a thing. When we give love,
it is manifested as a selfless,
sacrificial gift intended to bless
and make better the experience of
Our model for giving is God Himself.
He gave so that we might be blessed.
Imitate Him today by loving others
The limit of giving is to be the
limit of our ability to give.
C. S. Lewis