Victor Hugo said, “You can never love without giving”. When we love, self-lessness takes precedence. Loving brings out selflessness because “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” -1 Corinthians 13:7. There is always something that we give when we love. Giving is an expression of love. We give time, we give affection, we give care, and we give a part of ourself to someone we love. While human love can be faulty and conditional, experiencing true love is not an impossibility. The human heart knows how to love. After all, we love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19).
Loving is being able to put others first even if it means having the need to give up what is most valuable to you. Realize this. When Jesus suffered and died on the cross, it is because God put us first. When Jesus had to endure the curse of God for the sins of mankind, it is because He loved us. God gave up His own beloved Son just so we could have life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” – John 10:11. What is so loving and self-sacrificial in this act? God gave His only Son for the sinful mankind. Who among us can give up our own son to die in place of a criminal? An impossibility, right? Jesus gave up His own life for us even when we were not lovable. It did not take our holy and perfect God to think twice to love the stubborn, lawless, and sinful man as we are. This is the bare truth. “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:7. God did not die for us because we were worthy or we were lovable and acceptable in His sight. He died for us simply because He loves us. God is love (1 John 4:8). He cannot deny Himself. This is the love that gave us all. Such strong and unwavering love God has for each of us. So indeed, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” -Romans 8:31. So then when Jesus asks us to love Him with all that we are, this is the kind of love we need to give back to our Savior. We should be willing to forsake things that are not valuable to His kingdom and seek Him wholeheartedly.
The God who gave His own Son to die for us will not find it hard to give us all other things. What else do we need? Are we worried and doubtful of the present condition of our life? Is there a longing in our heart that only God knows? Whatever we need, God can give it all to us graciously. Remember, however, God is not like a fairy godmother who waves her wand and make all our wishes come true. He also does not whisk us away from our natural and common way of life and puts us magically into an opulent mansion and make us live into the dream life we wish. He can graciously give us all things but He gives it according to His great will and love. He is God and He is Soevereign. He always acts in love, wisdom , and justice. That is how God operates. In the narrowness of our understanding, sometimes, we could not appreciate it. But come to think of it this way. What if God acts like a fairy godmother who makes all our wishful thinking come true? Think hard and think well. Would you truly be happy? Humans are fickle-minded. We like this thing today and does not like it tomorrow. Our plans today are so unlike the plans we had 10 years ago. We change. We grow. God understands this perfectly. So while He is able to give graciously all that we ask, He could not say yes to all that we pray for. It is because He is good and He is excellent in wisdom. We are rest assured then, that whatever we need, God can give that to us. Do not despair and do not be worried, He works in a perfect time table.