We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
1 John 3.16-18
When St John says, ‘Dear children’ he’s speaking to everyone, all the children of God. He says we shouldn’t just say we love people if we’re not doing anything to show that love – that if we have material possessions and yet we don’t show any pity for our brother or sister – how is that love?
Not to say that that’s the only way to love people, but that’s a very practical way to love people. How generous are we as Christians? How caring are we as Christians? How hospitable are we as Christians, especially when it is not in our self-interest?
If we don’t act, it’s almost as if we think we deserve to be in a better position because it’s only by God’s grace that we’re not in the position of the one in need. Jesus himself says: ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked a er me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Everything that we do to people, we do as if we do it to Christ.
Loving God, thank You for Your costly love. Please may my ve friends understand something of the strength of Your love for them. Help us to use our resources well.
How could you use what you already have to show others how alive and active the love of Jesus is?
During TKC we encourage people to pray for 5 people they know to come to faith in Jesus. Each day there will be a Reflection to help us do this. If you haven’t already, think of five friends who don’t know the love of God for them in Christ.