John.3:16; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
If God is the great giver, it is because He is the great lover. The story is told by Martin Luther that when his translation of the Bible was being printed in Germany, pieces of the printers work were being allowed to fall carelessly on the ground. One day the printers little daughter coming into his workshop picked up a piece of paper on which she found just the words, “…God so loved the world that He gave..” – the rest of the sentence having not yet been printed. It was a veritable revelation to her for up to that time she had always been told that the Almighty was to be dreaded, and could only be approached through penance. The new light thrown upon God’s nature by the scrap that had fallen to her seemed to flood her whole being with radiance, so that her mother asked her for the reason for her joyfulness. Putting her hand into her pocket, Luther tells us, the girl handed over the little crumpled piece of paper with the unfinished sentence. Her mother read it and was perplexed: “He gave – what was it He gave?” For a moment the child was puzzled, but only for a moment; then with quick intuition she replied, “I don’t know; but if He loved us well enough to give us anything, we need not be afraid of Him.
An enquirer asked the question, “How old is love?” The respondent replied, “Old as God, for God is love. Rm.5:8; God demonstrates his towards us in that while were yet sinners Christ died for us.”