Because He First Loved Us

My love language is gifts.

From sentimental keepsakes to silly trinkets - gifts delight me. In fact, for at least the past three Christmases, I have successfully crafted and offered reasons to my closest friends on why we should exchange gifts early.

I can come up with all kinds of excuses, but my real motive is to see what’s inside the package.

The content is oftentimes irrelevant – it could be a pack of gum. It’s the fact that, when the busyness of life separated us, they thought of me. Expended time, energy and resources to remember me.

To let me know I matter to them.

God thought of us while we were separated from Him by sin. Thought enough of us to give us a Gift.

But the content of His Gift was anything but irrelevant.

This Gift? The most priceless, unique treasure that He had – His one and only Son. And God’s real motive is for us to receive what’s inside the package.

Not because we earned it.

Or deserve it.

Simply because He loves us.

No return payment required. 

"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." John 3:16

The Greek word (didomi) for “gave” in John 3:16 means to bestow a gift or to supply and furnish necessary things.

If anything, Jesus is absolutely necessary to every one of us.

Necessary to live fully.

Love lavishly.

Forgive wholeheartedly.

God gave.

We did not take or destroy.

God gave us His one and only Son. Not one of many – His only.

The only thing that God had in limited supply.

God’s most valuable item.

God has plenty of everything since He created all things. To give us His Son was the only sacrifice He could make. For 33 years, God went without that fellowship in heaven until Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection, and return.

God didn’t give us an inanimate object.

He gave us His living, breathing, only Son.

THAT is true, soul-deep love.

And the best Valentine ... for all eternity.


  1. The gift of God's only Son is the best one of all. Talk about love in action. He's a shining example! How blessed we are to receive such a gift, one undeserved but freely given. =)

    1. Kelly, how beautifully said! Undeserved, yet given anyway. Thanks for those wonderful words.

  2. Ah! This was the best gift this morning! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Happy Valentine's Day my sweet, FIEND! :) Hugs!

    1. He IS the best! Happy Valentine's Day, FIEND! Hugs and smooches!

  3. Thank you so much for this, Donna! This touched my heart so much and was exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you for allowing God to say it through you! :)

    I was also wondering if you might want to do a guest post over at my blog? I have more details in my reply to you on the "Winning on the Battlefield" post.

    1. I love it when God touches us right where we need it for the day, Lizzie. Be blessed! And I'd love to guest post. Thanks so very much. Headed over to your blog now...

  4. Sorry I'm commenting a day late, but I wanted to let you know how much your post resonated with me. I've been so blessed to grow up in a Christian home where I heard and learned about God's love, literally, daily. But I still can't be reminded of his love enough!

  5. Melissa, what a blessing and privilege to grow up in such a home! No matter how long we live, we never grow too old or too wise that we don't need to hear how much God loves us. Thanks so much for your insight!

  6. Jesus is the best gift of all. I'm so fallible in my human giving. A couple days ago I found two cards and a two gifts I'd forgotten all about. I forgot the important people I was giving them to because I got so disorganized and caught up in the busy day-to-day activities of my life. I'm glad God didn't forget about me! Back to my yearly word, ORGANIZE! Thanks for this awesome post, Donna. Love the website.


    1. Thanks for your transparency, Jillian! Man, does that resonate with me. I need to adopt your yearly word. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and your encouragement. Blessings!

  7. What a gift indeed! Your friendship is also a gift Donna. Thanks so much for your comments and encouragement this past week. I am so blessed that we get to walk this journey together. And I can't wait for the day I can give you a big hug in person!

    1. Susan, you bless me, indeed, with your sweet words. I'm holding you to that hug - can't wait to see you!