In 1 Corinthians 13, we read:
1 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing."
The greek word for the specific kind of love in this text is “agape”. It’s not the romantic husband and wifey kind of love. This kind of love is displayed for what it does. God’s love on the cross is the best possible example. Agape love as Jesus showed, isn’t based on a feeling; rather, it is a determined act of the will, a joyful resolve to put the welfare of others above our own. Agape love = Sacrificial love.
So what’s love got to do with it? EVERYTHING! Right here in verse 3 it says we can give all of our things to the poor but if we don’t have love, the act is empty.
When we are abiding, daily walking and talking with our Lord, we become more like Him. We behave more like Him. We love more like He loves. It becomes more natural to give because we start seeing people the way He does. We become generous because He is generous.