Someone has said, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” Certainly a man can unwillingly give to someone or something he does not love, or simply give out of a sense of obligation, yet without genuine desire to offer a gift. On the other hand, one of the most common ways in which we express our love for others is by giving. This giving, however, is not necessarily the offering of tangible gifts alone, but also the giving of self and of one’s time to see to the needs of another. The greatest demonstration of love by giving that the world has ever seen has been the giving of the life of the Lord Christ as He sacrificed Himself for the sins of the world on the cross of Calvary. At Galatians chapter one, Paul wrote at verse four that Jesus gave Himself for our sins that He might deliver us from this present evil world according to the will of God and our Father. In this brief passage, we are not only told what Jesus did to demonstrate His love for us, but also two reasons why He did it. The first of those reasons is so that we might be delivered from this present evil world. Evil is so common around us that most of the world does not seem to realize that such corruption is not normal. However, even in a world that is so given over to godlessness and rebellion against Divine law, there is still deliverance to be had in simple but complete obedience to the laws of God, for, you see, this is His will. God has taught us in His book what is sinful and unrighteous in His sight, and has warned us of the consequences of iniquity. However, these revelations have not been given because God wants to condemn us. Rather, they have been given so that we might know what to avoid so as not to be lost. In the interest of saving us, then, God has also revealed to us what is just and righteous in His sight, so that we might obey Him and be saved. Again, as Paul the apostle wrote, Christ gave Himself for us to deliver us from this evil world, because that is the will of Almighty God.
Written and Recorded By: David Hayes Prophater