SATURDAY 13TH FEB.,2016
TOPIC: WORDS OR ACTIONS?
TEXT: 1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
We must care about people’s spiritual and practical needs. It’s hard for someone to grasp the concept of God’s love when they don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or where they’ll sleep tonight. Food banks worldwide are seeing a dramatic upsurge in emergency requests, from these area such as the retired, the mentally ill, single mothers, young men fallen on hard times etc, and not everyone is grateful. Some are angry, some refuse eye contact, some leave without saying more than a few words. Here is Jesus principle of actionable love (John 15:13-15), He urges us to internalise and practicalise. Jesus’ says, ‘I was hungry…you gave me something to eat…l was a stranger…you invited me in” (Matthew 25:35 NIV). Now when I think of hunger, I see faces, and that has made all the difference. ‘ It’s easier to love in theory than reality, especially when it comes to people who are difficult or different about what agape love really means. That is, not expecting a feedback of any kind from the person(s). Actually genuine love isn’t defined by what feels good or bad; God’s already set the standard. ‘If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?…Let us not love with words…but…actions’ (1 John 3:17-18 NIV).
Father help and teach me how to genuinely love people irrespective of who they are, and where they come from and they possess.
MEDITATION: John 15:13-15
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