HOW DO WE SHOW WHAT LOVE IS IN A PRACTICAL MANNER? Today we continue our reflection from yesterday on John 13:34-35. On the more practical “shoe-leather” level do we love Christ and our fellow Christians so much that we are willing to sacrifice our material possessions to meet their needs? This includes most people whom we have never met and probably will not meet this side of heaven. Though we don’t see them are we willing to help them? In America even the poorest among us are richer than most of the people in the world. Does that “blow” your mind so much that you throw up your hands and ignore the issue because the needs of the world are so great? There are many Christian organizations that can help you in this area. But how about those Christians that live around you and are in need?
Are you aware of who they are and do you have a plan for helping them so that you can demonstrate God’s love for them? There are many organizations in America (Christian & non-Christian) that work to provide for the needy around us. They could help you in demonstrating your love for those in need. But should we not also be “hands on” and help other individual Christians in need as God brings them into our path? We may meet them in our church or even next door to where we live. Or maybe in our family circle. And could we not help as a family as well? Children can learn much from their parents in this realm. Are we willing to teach them through our lives and are we willing to pattern our lives after Jesus? God may not call for us to give our life through death for the cause of Christ. But God does call for us to love one another as Christians. And God does call for us to grow in our love for Him and one another. And that love is demonstrated through action and sacrifice that may require our time and sacrifice of the things we possess.
In the bible James said, “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ’Go in peace; keep warm and well-fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16 NIV).