He Gave First

God so loved the world that he gave . . .
                         —John 3:16

Here’s a bouquet of verses to remind us of what the Lord gave before we ever put a penny in the plate.

To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (Jn 1:12).

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (Jn 3:16).

He . . . did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us (Rom 8:32).

[He] gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age (Gal 1:4).

The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal 2:20).

We can’t earn it or match it,
but it’s our turn to give back.

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