THEME: SINCERE LOVE
1 John 3:16-18
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
-According to Greek, love is categorized into four main classifications. We have Agape which is the love of God, Storge love for love for family, Philia love between friends and neighbors, and Eros love between married couples that involves sexual desires. Everything revolves around Agape love, the love of God. It is because of God’s great love for each one of us in the whole world that God demonstrated His love for us by sending His only begotten Son so reconcile us to Himself. Todays word reminds us that if anyone sees a brother or sister in need but doesn’t pity on them, the love of God is not in them. God gives us Philia love, the love for friends and neighbors that we may demonstrate our love through actions and not only by mere words. Philanthropy originates from the word Philia and it expresses acts of charity. God calls us to demonstrate sincere love through giving to the poor and needy in the society, and we shall possess our heavenly inheritance. Matthew 25:31-46 reveals the judgement criteria that comes through acts of kindness and compassion to those who lack basic needs, those who are sick and imprisoned. Sometimes people give to the poor in the society not because they are driven by compassion but by fame and selfish interests. Jesus reminds us that whatever we do to any of these, we do it unto Him.
Abba Father You are great and greatly to be praised. You are worthy Almighty Father to be adored. Thank You Abba Father for loving us. Thank You Jesus for loving us. Thank You Holy Spirit for loving us. We appreciate You Holy Trinity one God for Your love and care upon our lives. We bless Your name Jesus for loving us and for sacrificing Your life for our salvation. While we were still sinners, Jesus You died for us. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. We come to Your throne of grace with boldness that we may find mercy and grace to help us during our time of need. May You fill our hearts with Your grace of compassion so that we may have sincere love for one another and to help all those in need, for the glory and honor of Your name. May Your grace enable us to accomplish our purposes dear Jesus. May Your love abide in us according to Your merciful love that we may lay our lives for each other. Amen
Further reading: Luke 16:19-31
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