LOVE = GIVING THAT IS RECIPROCAL
During the time Rosalie and I have been together, I have given her three rings each of which contain diamonds. The first, for our engagement has a single stone, the second given on our seventh wedding anniversary has seven gems and the third, a gift while travelling through Amsterdam, has twelve diamonds. Each has Biblical symbolism connected with it. The one Lord, seven being God’s number for completion and twelve representing the entirety of his physical building (the New Jerusalem has twelve gates) and the living temple of his people (the twelve tribes of Israel and twelve apostles).
But there is a second level of symbolism which is that of giving. I gave these rings to Rosalie because I love her and want her to have the very best. Each ring is expensive and has had a cost for me. Sacrifice was involved. In the same way God loves us as his bride and expresses his love for us. He regards us as precious jewels (Malachi 3:17 KJV) and is constantly giving of himself for our sake. Every day He gives us life and breath (Acts 17:25) and our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). He gives us his son, whose life was sacrificed to save our own (John 3:16). And to cover all bases, we are told he gives us “everything richly to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).
The question is this: if God, as our husband, has given so much because he loves us, then as his bride, what gifts are we willing to sacrificially give because of our love for him?
from Frank Eames
Verses referenced in this message:
Malachi 3:17 KJV And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in
that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth
his own son that serveth him.
Acts 17:25 And he is not served be human hands, as if he needed
anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything
John 3:16 For 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.
1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world
not to be arrogant nor put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to
put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our