Today we are praying for the country of Estonia. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
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Today's Devotional Thought
Yesterday we saw the contrast between the children of God and the children of the devil. Today we will see how this differentiation looks as we consider biblical love and compassion from 1 John 3:16-18.
II. Compassion v16-18
We not only see the obvious contrast from John’s letter, we also see compassion unveiled for us in verses 16-18. We see first, an example of love in verse 16: “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” We know love by the glorious fact that Jesus laid down his life for us. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” If we need an example of compassion and love, we need look no farther than Jesus. If He never did another thing for us, this expression of love would be example enough for us to know love! We not only see an example of love, we see what the evidence of love looks like in verse 17: “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” The evidence that we know love and are loving is the fact that we don’t close our hearts to our brothers and sisters in need. Deuteronomy 15:7-8 says, “If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; 8 but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.” The evidence that we love our neighbor is that we freely and generously meet his needs. This love is practical. It is love in action! Finally, we see an exhortation to love in love verse 18: “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” This is not a suggestion. It is an exhortation. If we are children of God, we are commanded to love with action. Don’t love in word alone, but also in deed. James writes in James 2:15-16, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?” As John unfolds for us the importance of compassion we have a perfect example of what that means in Christ. We know what evidence to look for in our own lives to determine if we are loving. And we are exhorted and commanded to love in a practical and active way.
Tomorrow we will conclude our look at 1 John 3:10-24. Until then...
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