The true nature of love is sacrificial, according to the apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 8:3. He explained to the Corinthians that the Macedonians gave “even beyond their ability” so they could meet the needs of the apostles and others. They even “pleaded” with Paul for the opportunity to give to them and to God’s people. The basis for their giving was the sacrificial heart of Jesus Himself. He left the riches of heaven to come to earth to be a servant and to give His very life. “Though he was rich, yet for [our] sake he became poor” (v. 9). May we too plead with God so that we might “excel in this grace of giving” (v. 7) in order to lovingly meet the needs of others.