Love the Brethren! — 1 John 3:11-18
The Word: “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 <st1:bcv_smarttag>John 3:16-17).
The Breakdown: We know true love because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Therefore, since we have that same love dwelling in our heats, we ought to love our brothers and sisters in the faith. Many of you have a great amount of the world’s goods and common necessities, but if someone you know needs it, are you willing to give it to them? It is easy to talk about, but do you really do it? John goes on to say, “let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (v.18).
Activate: Is there anyone you know that you can lay your life down for? Are there brothers and sisters in Christ that you know who are in need? If so, do not shut your heart up against them, because if you do, it will be obvious that the love of God does not abide in you.
A Thought: “We are never more like God than when we give.” – Charles Swindoll