Have you ever bought a gift for someone that you really did not know? Maybe a Christmas party, or a church party, maybe your child’s friend birthday party. Did you love them? I doubt it...possibility you did not even know them. The gift represented nothing other than giving it. So you gave a gift with no love.
Have you ever Loved someone so much that you were willing to give anything and everything? Even your life.. That is truly giving. Giving to the point it hurts. That is being a LOVE GIVER.
The real question is when you give to God, do you really love Him or even know Him?
Is your giving just like the person you do not know? or is it that type of love giving that you are willing to do anything and everything?
Love is patient,
love is kind;
love is not jealous or boastful;
it is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.
First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 13:4-8
To Give does not mean you Love..To Love means you are willing to Give everything...
For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.