No doubt Jean Anoulih was speaking of romantic love in these words: 'Love is, above all, the gift of oneself." But those words are also true of Christian love. No doubt W. Somerset Maugham was speaking of romantic love when he wrote, "The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that thy cease to love." But those words are also true of Christian love. Christ showed His love for us in the gift of Himself. We show our love for Him and His cause in the gift of ourselves. He will ever cease loving us, and we must never stop loving Him.
-Robert Shannon, Preaching July/August 1999