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By Edwin D. Arceo

How do you love the people closest to your heart? Is it by giving your elderly parents a monthly support? Or by sending a “special” sister with money for her expenses in the province? Maybe by providing for tuition money for a niece going through college? Whatever you do, you do it because you love.

Sometimes you may feel frustrated because you won’t be able to buy that pair of shoes you were saving for because of an emergency and you know you have to send that money home. That is called sacrifice–the price of loving. And you do it over and over again because of no other reason.

Doing this can get discouraging at times. You will feel that you are not getting what you deserve because somebody else needs it. Thoughts of rebellion will come to mind. Your pocket hurts. You want to stop giving. It IS hard-earned money after all right?

I can relate to what you are feeling.

It IS really hard. Money gurus will tell you that you need to learn to say no. But can you? You know that those you love stand the chance of going hungry. Or missing a subject. Or their electricity getting cut-off.

As you read this, thoughts may come back to you about your own ordeal. I dare ask you, during those times, has God ever, ever, failed to provide for you? God may not have provided for a new mobile phone or that hot, new pair of Nikes. But you did ate a 120 peso lunch, had a hot shower, a hearty breakfast , rode a taxi perhaps.

Then you will realize, no, God has been faithful. He always came through. God used you and me, to be a blessing to others, others that may not have the same faith as you do.

You see, God has always been faithful. HE is the first one who showed true giving and loving by giving His own Son, Jesus, for our sins. Yours and mine.

16-18“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. (John 3:16, The Message)

What have you given today that you may be grumpy about? You gave it to the one you love didn’t you? Jesus will give it back you. HE is faithful. HE loves you too, you know.