You can give without loving, but not love without giving.
Christians should be wildly generous because God has been radically generous with us by giving himself freely. When I did not deserve it God loved me. When I was not only apathetic but out right hostile, God came to this world to show His love to me.
Who does that?
Or the even bigger question is why. Why did God choose to give himself to us? Why would he choose to love us? I’ve heard some speak of God loving his creation because he made us. That doesn’t sem to satisfy me, does it you? Never the less He does, which then leads me to consider how then should I live my life?
As much as on one level I tend to be selfish and self centered I have to ask myself how can I not be generous with others. Since God loved me how can I not love others? After all they go hand in hand, being generous and loving people.
But being generous isn’t just about money. What about time or talent? I don’t know about you, but I get just as much if not more out of investing my time and energy in other people.
Now that’s all well and good when it comes to people I like or at least tolerate. It’s easy to be involved with people who are like me, or people I like. But what about people I don’t? It’s easy enough to say love your enemies, even easy enough to say “yes I love those that persecute me.” But what about actually being generous with yourself towards those people?
God’s love is radical, His generosity is incomprehensible so I must be generous, not just with other Christians but with
those that are hostile. After all His love was radical, so I need to be as well.