“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
1 John 3:17
I’ve often said that 1 John 3:16 should be known, memorised and understood alongside John 3:16.
John 3:16 tells us how God demonstrated His love. 1 John 3:16 tells us to do likewise, for in so doing, the love of God in us is perceived.
1 John 3:16 tells us how we should live in light of Christ’s resurrection.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
1 John 3:16
Apostle James in James 2:15-17 gives a very interesting point of view. It says:
“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
Read through again and think very carefully. When someone comes to you with a problem, do you say: ‘it is well,’ give them a pat on the back and send them on their way?
You must learn to love your neighbour the way the word instructs. That is the nature of a Believer.
Your revelation of Christ’s sacrifice should not only culminate in thanksgiving but in your love for others as well.
What can you do to show love to others this week? The lady Tabitha was such a blessing that when she died widows cried because of all she had done for them.
“Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.”
Whose life are you impacting? Who are you showing love to? Not just in words, but in actions.