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Faith, Hope and Charity.... The Greatest of these is Charity but Charity does not work with out Faith and Hope.
Love is the consummation of the virtues Peter lists (2 Peter 1:5-7). It embodies the others--excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, and kindness. Throughout the New Testament, love describes selfless (not obsessive) and sacrificial (not oppressive) good will toward others. God is the source of ultimate, infinite good will. Our love is an outpouring of His. To give love to others, first we must receive from Him. Receiving demands we replace our bankrupt identity to become God's beloved. And when we truly receive His love, we cannot help but to pour it out.
When we come to church, we approach it with the attitude, “Well, do I have to give? No, I don’t have to give, so I won’t.” That’s basically how the logic goes. But turn the question around: do I have to perform mercy?
Money Talks: Give All You Can November 18, 2012 Text: Luke 16:1-15; II Timothy 6:17-19; II Corinthians 9:7-11 Key Thought: Giving according to God’s purposes is at the same time an act of gratitude and an act of faith. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. I Timothy 6:18, NIV