Love is the summary of the Christian conduct. The instruction to work in love is the greatest instruction that sums up other instructions. It is then important to understand what love really is and how it is expressed in giving.

 1 John 3

23  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

 The summary of the Christian life is faith in Christ and love towards others .  Any action centered on faith in Christ and love towards one another can never be wrong.

Galatians 5

13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

 14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

You can never get it wrong walking in love, love is the summary of all we do in Christ. We are told to serve one another in love.


For us to understand what love truly is, we must look at what Jesus has done .

1John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

This shows us what love truly is. Love is a selfless expression of affection in doing things for others . Love is sacrifice and it’s seen in what Christ has done . To understand love, we must see it in what Christ has done because it’s completely selfless. Jesus did not die for any reason except for the sin of the world. It was solely for the benefit of man. Anything you do with 0.0001 percentage interest for yourself cannot be called love. God’s word is what defines love to us not the world system. What about different kinds of love ? There are no different types of love but different expressions of love. There is a way love should be expressed to a spouse, family member or believer . The key part of it all is that LOVE IS SELFLESS. What is called Agape love is what love truly is. Loving Your neighbor  has nothing to do with  yourself. It’s all about sacrifice. When we say love, it’s minus me.

One other key thing to take note of is that  TRUE love is seen in ACTIONS not in words.  Love is seen in what is done. How you truly show the love you have for someone is what you do for the person. There is nothing wrong with professing love in words but it must have corresponding selfless actions for it to be the love of Christ.

1 John 3

 18  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth

True love is deed not in words . This is how Christ showed us love . He died for us .

We are instructed as believers to of a necessity work in love towards every man .

Romans 13:8 “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”

 My primary responsibility to every man is to love, that is to do things for people sacrificially without expecting to get anything.  what I owe everyone is love. Showing  love to the unbeliever will be to  get him saved by preaching to him, praying for him and maintaining good conduct before him. Showing love to fellow believers will be in doing things selflessly for them to build them up. Several things we are told to do to fellow believers in love; we are to give to them, pray for them, prophesy to them, maintain good conduct before them along other actions in love . We are instructed to show sincere love without disguise and to prefer one another in love. This means that in Christ, we consider others first because love is selfless.

Romans 12

9  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

 10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;


The phrase “be without dissimulation” means sincere, unfeigned, without hypocrisy.  This  means in our walking in love, we don’t choose  who to love and who not to love. Love should be without separation. we love those that are loveable and those who are not loveable. In fact we are instructed to love our enemies.

Matthew 5

 44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

 46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?

 47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?

The uniqueness of Christ life in us is that we love our enemies. We don’t just love those that love us. We show undeserved love to people. This is how we reflect God to the world. Our God is known in how He expresses love to  the undeserved. This is clearly shown to us in the death of Jesus. He died for the very people that killed him.



Part of what we are told to do in love as believers is GIVING. This means that when we give, we are not giving to get in that giving is an act of love and love is completely selfless and unconditional. We have different kinds of giving we are to be given to as believers. We give to fellow believers . We give to the poor. We give to foster the work of the gospel. We give to pastors . All these are to be done out of love not for selfish reasons.

WE ARE INSTRUCTED TO LOVE AND GIVE TO ONE ANOTHER AS BELIEVERS. We can do things for fellow believers. Giving for most people is only money. So when they hear giving, they as are quick to say we don’t have maybe because they have no money. Though we can give money, we must know that giving can be in different forms. We can give our time, services, money, goods and other things. And this giving we should do always in love.

We are one body in Christ. Being born again puts us into this family of God not born of blood but of God. Hence, we must learn to give to one another in love without expecting anything in return.  

 1corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

 Apostle Paul is using Body to explain oneness in Christ Jesus. that means whatever you cannot do to yourself you shouldn’t do it to anyone that is in Christ. We are His body hence, we are expected to give and make sacrifices for one another.


 Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God

The word “household” means belonging to a member of a family, so in Christ we are not strangers to each other. We are one body we have become one family. The church is a family. The way we relate to the members of our earthly family is the same way we ought to relate with our brothers and sisters in Christ and much more. We should do things for one another in Christ.

Gal 6:6 “Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.”

Gal 6

 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

In the family of Christ, we are to bear one another burdens and do good to our family members. Our bias is for those in the household of faith. We must let this family mean something to us and we must learn to do good to everyone especially those in Christ. This involves giving our time, money and other resources for people. So we are to prioritize giving to fellow believers.

Remember, we are not giving to get but we are giving out of LOVE. We know love in Christ is selfless and unconditional. You can get back when you give, but this is not why you give .

What of give it shall be given unto you ? GIVING IN CHRIST IS NOT GAMBLING neither is it a way to make it in life. Let’s look at the proper interpretation of the statement: give it shall be  given to you. We must allow scriptures to interpret itself.  

Luke 6:34-38

³⁴ And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

³⁵ But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

³⁶ Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

³⁷  Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

³⁸ Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Notice the context of verse 38 is loving your enemies and not to judge others. We are to show and give mercy to others to show that we are children of God who is merciful to the undeserved. So in this context, Jesus said, give it shall be given unto you. So if you give mercy to people, you will get mercy. If you judge others, you will get it back even much more . This is the truth. Those that are not merciful to others will never enjoy mercy from people. So give it shall be given unto you is not talking about giving resources or money. We can cannot take verse 38 out of context to explain something else. The Bible is best read together so we must allow the Bible to interpret itself. We take the meaning given to us. We don’t give our meanings to any verse of the Bible.

There is nothing Godly in giving with the intention of receiving back. We reflect God in our conduct by giving to one another without expecting to get back.

We must learn to be discrete  in our giving.

Mathew 6:1 “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.”

  The more discreet your giving is the better. You are not giving to prove a point or to get to show people you are a giver.

In a local Church, contributions can be raised. You should not exclude yourself in the name of “I don’t have”. Romans 15:26 “For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.”

  Giving to one another is regardless of what you have.


IN ADDITION to giving to one another, we are SHOULD GIVE out of LOVE for church projects or to foster the work of God on earth.

1 Corinthians 16:1-2

1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

Giving is as God has prospered you.

Paul instructed the Corinthian Church to make a necessary collection before he comes.

This collection was based on what they had. But, no one can say, he didn’t give because he didn’t have. You must have something to give. Paul commended the church at Macedonia for giving in their DEEP POVERTY.


2 Corinthians 8

 1  Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

 2  How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 

 3  For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;

 4  Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

The truth is that we should always be disposed to give whether we have or not. This church were looking for opportunities it give to Paul even in their lack and deep poverty.


We are instructed to give to our pastors who labour in the word and doctrine for us . This form of giving is not taught in the scriptures as charity but as  honour out of love to our pastors. Let’s look at some of these admonitions.

1 Thessalonians 5

 12  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

13  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

In the scriptures above, we are told to know those over us because they labour in the word for us. So everyone in the body of Christ is not equal. We have those over us because they teach us the word. We are to ESTEEM them very highly notice for their work’s sake, not for their conduct's sake. The essence of our giving to our pastors and holding them in high esteem is because they labour in the word for us. It is not because they are perfect or because they don’t have.

GIVING TO A PASTOR IS NOT CHARITY. It is taught in the scriptures as a mandatory act of love.

1 Timothy 5

 17  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

18  For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Notice the instruction. The elders that rule well are to be counted worthy of double honour. Notice verse 18 calls it a compulsory payment because of the pastors' labour in the word . So honour for a pastor is because of his work in the doctrine of Christ. You don’t give to a pastor because he doesn’t have but because of his work for you in the doctrine of Jesus. Notice , it is called double honour . We are to honour and give to fellow  believers, but when it comes to giving to pastors, we told to double it. There is nothing you will ever give to your pastor that labours over you day and night that will be too much.

It is the responsibility of every believer to give to his pastor that teaches him God’s word.

Galatians 6

6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

The instruction is quite clear in the scriptures above. If you read further Galatians 6, you will notice there are eternal rewards for giving to your pastor and fellow believers. You are sowing into the Spirit. Allow spiritual relationships matter to you. You don’t give to a pastor because of the reward you would get but out of love and for his labour in the word. We understand there are tendencies for a Pastor to abuse this but you don’t relent from carrying out your scriptural responsibility of giving to your pastor.


You don’t become a pastor or bless people so they can give to you. It is out of love and passion to see the work of God proper on earth and out of God’s calling. Being a pastor is not a career, it is labour born out of love. So also as a member of a local Church, you are instructed to give to your pastor out of love as a matter of necessity.

In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul made a case for this giving to pastors . Kindly read the whole chapter. Let’s look at some verses .



1       Corinthians 9

 1  Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

2  If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

 3  Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,

 4  Have we not power to eat and to drink?

 5  Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? note

 6  Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

 7  Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?

 8  Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?

 9  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

 10  Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

 11  If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

 12  If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

 13  Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? note

 14  Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

 15  But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.

 16  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

 17  For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

 18  What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.


From verse one of this chapter, we see Paul making an argument on the right of a pastor . Kindly go through the scriptures above again and pay attention to verse 6 to 11. We see that the writer made a case for giving to a pastor as his right. He calls it compulsory payment quoting from the writings of Moses. If a pastor sows to you spiritual things, it is your responsibility to sow carnal earthly things . It is normal for those who preach the gospel to live of the gospel. Paul then told us that as a Pastor , he doesn’t demand this giving so he can preach the gospel without charge . But the members must know that it is their responsibility to take care of their pastor.  A pastor should not be a burden to his members, hence there is nothing wrong with a Pastor having something else he does for money. We must not see this pastors having other things they do as a norm but because they do not want to be a burden to the flock. To be frank , being a pastor is more than enough work already. Imagine a pastor who has over 100 members who are rich and earn at least two hundred thousand naira monthly in Nigeria. Such a pastor should be able to face the work of ministry without the fear of lacking. The members should be wise enough to give. In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul tells us that he disciplines himself in verse 27 so he will not be a castaway. That is so that he will not be disqualified from his reward. This reward has nothing to do with going to heaven. The reward is clearly stated in verse 18 of the same chapter . The reward is the freedom to preach the gospel without charge. This means he can preach the gospel without attaching payment to it because of his desires. The church should be well taught to give willingly to pastors in cash and kind. Remember, you ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE. This is how to say thank you to a pastor that teaches you. Nothing wrong with saying thank you in words but show it also in your acts of giving. You don’t respond to a pastor after preaching to you  by stretching forth your hand to refill him of what you don’t have. He has the anointing, he blessed you with it. You should bless him with your money and earthly possession (carnal/ earthly things ).

This is why the tithing  law was introduced under the law. The aim is so that there may meat in the house for the work of God and the care of God’s servants. It was because of the wickedness of the heart of men who will not willingly give to priests that Moses added the tithing laws. Jesus told us in Matthew 19 that the law was given because of the hardness of their heart. Now that the law of sin and death has been abolished in Christ Jesus, believers must learn to be liberal towards their pastor. There is nothing wrong with a believer assigning a particular percentage to give maybe 10 percentage. There is nothing wrong with a church collecting 10 percent from its members for the welfare of the pastor and the growth of the church. We know it is not because we are afraid of a devourer but it is out of love. Knowing the truth about  tithing should never ever make you stingy. Let giving be your habit. You will see God will sponsor the habit. Tell yourself, that you will be the one to ensure that your pastor is given to. You are not giving to him because of the reward but because of His labour and sacrifices in the word. Indeed giving to your pastor can make you dear to God’s heart and to the pastor. It can help you better maximize the grace of God in a pastor. You cannot look down on or despise a pastor you consistently give to. Jesus told us that if you receive to a prophet/pastor, you will receive a prophet’s reward.(Matthew 10:42-42).

All forms of giving are  acts of love. The norm is that pastors labour to feed the church and the church work to feed the pastor. But one doesn’t become a pastor so that people can take care of him.  You cannot walk in love outside sacrifice and giving.


Love is a serious business among believers. We must be deliberate with it. Giving is one way we express this selfless and unconditional  love we are commanded to have in Christ.


Give to fellow believers

Give to the poor

Give for church projects

Give to your pastor much more.



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