Key Verse: “But it anyone has this world’s goods [resources for sustaining life] and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? Little children, let us not love [ merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).”–1 John 3:17-18 AMP
This past weekend I received a message from a dear friend. She told me that as of Monday (yes, this past Monday) she would be homeless and only had Saturday and Sunday to get packed and out of her apartment. Like so many, she had fallen on hard times and was unable to keep up her rent. Because she had received assistance earlier in the year she was not eligible to receive it again. Add to that, because of the eviction notice, she had lost her section 8 housing. Could we help?
Of course I agreed to help. My family has been there. A slightly different scenario, yes, but the concept of losing our home was one we were all too familiar without. It is rather scary and even more lonely.
Several trips up and down the stairs, a trip or two to the storage unit, and a last minute stop to the post office later and our job was done. Since I had to work the next day, my friend was able to enlist a few extra hands to finish the remainder and I got a phone call letting me know she was getting settled in at the local women’s shelter. It wasn’t the same as her own four walls, I’ve no doubt, but at least I knew she was warm and safe.
Scripture speaks loudly and clearly of the aspects of love, what it is and what it isn’t. We sing the chorus “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” A major aspect of love is how we treat others and what we do to meet needs. Even Jesus said, “You will fully recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16a).
The best way to share Jesus with those around you is also the most simple–love them. Be a living example of the selfless, sacrificial love given to you by Christ. Take that same love and share it with those who have yet to trust Him as Lord and Saviour. By this, your walk will reflect the footsteps of Jesus, who He is, and what His love is all about.
Be still and know He is God–Take a moment and quiet your heart and mind. Read through and meditate on the key verse. Invite the Holy Spirit to meet you in this moment.
Praise God for who He is–In these moments worship Him. Receive His love.
Be thankful in all things–Thank God for His selfless love. Thank Him for His mercy and compassion.
Repent–We all struggle with wondering if God really does love us. We even wonder how He can love us. Bring these things boldly before His throne. Thank Him for loving you even when you feel the most unlovable.
Present your requests before God–our Father knows what we stand in need of even before we ask. Even so, bring your needs and desires boldly before Him. Thank Him for supplying your needs according to His riches and glory.