“Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" (2 Corinthians 8:1-9)
Today’s Morsel: We often use many things to prove our love towards others:
· Phone calls
· Going out to dinner
· And purchasing items of clothing
We try to buy that right or perfect gift to show our love. You see, if we say that we love someone, then we usually go out of our way to prove it. The Lord asked Peter three times if he loved Him. And each time Peter said that he did. In reply, Jesus told him to do something. I can tell you that I love you, but if there is no behavior or action to prove it, I can leave you wondering. Love is always proven by how much we give of ourselves toward the one that we say we love. The women who broke her precious alabaster box of ointment and put it upon Jesus, showed the sincerity of her love for Him. It was so moving that Jesus said that wherever the gospel is preached to tell the story about her so that she would have a memorial of what she did. What do you do to show the sincerity of your love for Him?
Sing: I love Him! I love Him! Because He first loved me, He purchased my salvation on Calvary.
Thought For Today: The sincerity of your love is proven by your giving (Parker)