1 John 3:16-18
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.
So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
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We know and realize, to some extent, the love of God for us because Christ expressed it in laying down his life for us.
We must in turn express our love by laying down our lives for those who are our brothers.
But as for the well-to-do man who sees his brothers in want but shuts his eyes—and his heart—how could anyone believe that the love of God lives in him?
My children, let us not love merely in theory or in words—let us love in sincerity and in practice! (J B Phillips)
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This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.
If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love?
And you made it disappear.
My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. (The Message)
* * * * * * * *We know what true love looks like because of Jesus.
He gave His life for us, and He calls us to give our lives for our brothers and sisters.
If a person owns the kinds of things we need to make it in the world but refuses to share with those in need, is it even possible that God’s love lives in him?
My little children, don’t just talk about love as an idea or a theory.
Make it your true way of life, and live in the pattern of gracious love. (The Voice)
The attitude here in America that we have developed over the past 20+ years towards the poor or the working poor / low income / no income people is nothing short of absolutely disgraceful.
“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?”
John did not qualify nor quantify that statement.
He said it plainly – how can God's love be in that person?
And we must ask ourselves the same question – if we fail to show compassion towards people in need, how can God's love be in us?
Our attitude here in America towards anyone in need is just disgraceful – disgraceful.