But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him” (1 John 3:17)Text — 1 John 3:11-18
Practical Christianity is showing love to all. John W. Peterson’s song below illustrates this:
Helping the widows and orphans in their need.
Healing the Sick ones and binding the hearts that bleed.
Feeding the hungry concerns the Lord above.
By this we serve Him and demonstrate His Love.
Cups of cold water, given in Jesus’ name,
Cups of cold water are never given in vain.
Someday in heaven when we meet the Lord,
Each deed of kindness will bring a rich reward.
The early disciples practised love in all its pureness. They cared for one another in word and in deed, sharing their possessions with the needy. God commands us to love one another actively. Active or practical love includes sharing, visiting the sick, the troubled and the imprisoned, as well as encouraging those whose faith is wavering. Active love doesn’t condemn or tear others down. Practical love is offering to help your overstressed parents or elderly persons for them to have moments of rest, and serving in the fellowship or teaching a classmate without expecting any material reward from him or her.
Showing love to all
Give for the welfare of the less privileged.
Prayer for today
Help me Oh God, to love like Christ.