1 John 3:17
"But if anyone has this world's goods and sees his brothers and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him?”
Who have you helped today?
You may respond, "A lot of people, children, spouses, friends, co-workers. Actually I'm all tapped out!"
But these are a "given" things that are expected of our each day to keep our world running smoothly. The question posed is "What have you done for other's today besides those in your immediate circle?"
We often think of love as a thing or feeling, but the world love is also a verb. Love must do something in order to remain what it is. Part of the nature of love is that it requires expression. The Bible asks, if we see a need and close our heart of compassion, how can the love of God live and remain in us? It can't. It will become weaker and weaker if you do not demonstrate it. In fact, it can become totally inactive and not be replenished to use again and again. Yet, if we keep it active on purpose by doing things for others, we will not become selfish, idle, and unfruitful.
The quintessential act of love is that Jesus laid down his own life for us. Because of this, we need to lay down our lives for one and other. That sounds a bit extreme, I know. Fortunately, for most of us, we will never be called upon to do such a thing. But we DO have opportunities every day to "lay down" our lives for a moment and help someone else pick up the pieces. Every time you put aside your own desire or need, and replace it with an act of love for someone else, you are laying down your life for a moment, an hour, or a day.
If we are full of the love of God, and we are, because the Holy Spirit replenishes that love always, then we must let this love flow out through us. If it becomes stagnant through inactivity, it is worthless. God so loved the world that he gave us his ONLY son. Think about that! God's love prompted him to to GIVE!
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "open my heart each moment for those in need."
Help me to meditate: I know that others need me. Lead me, Lord to them.
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me.
Remind me that I need your help first.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.