I was an English as a Second Language instructor for many years. In teaching English to those who were not native speakers, it was important that I laid a foundation of writing English.
When constructing sentences, I taught that strong sentences have nouns and verbs.
This brought to mind a familiar passage of scripture, John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave is only begotten son, that whosoever believers in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Look at three primary words in the beginning of this passage; God, Loved, Gave. God is the noun, Loved is a verb, and Gave is a verb.
The result of God’s love was the action of giving! Also notice the word “so.” This word is used as an adverb in this sentence. An adverb always modifies a verb. God’s love for us was not just an ordinary love, His love was so intense, so complete, so all- encompassing, that it caused Him to give His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON! God gave EVERYTHING He had in order to gain so much more.
The Bible says in John 12:24 “Verily, verily I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit.
God risked it all in order for His son, Jesus to be the firstborn among many brethern. (Roman’s 8:29).
My love for God should ALWAYS be followed by the corresponding action of giving. This action must not be contrived, but free-flowing and a natural part of my daily walk with God.
Beloved, I encourage you to allow God’s spirit of giving to grow in you today. Whether it’s a word of encouragement, a smile, a helping hand, your time, your support, or whatever it is, because of your giving, you will produce fruit in the earth that remains!
This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It.