Demonstrating the Love of God

demonstrating the love of GodIf a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? (James 2:15-16 ESV) Or if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  (1 John 3:17 ESV)

All around us there are people who are silently struggling to survive. Oblivious, we uncaringly and unashamedly boast of our wealth.  We have the latest phones and tablets, drive shiny new cars, own the most popular computer games, wear a different set of clothes every day, throw away leftovers. Meanwhile, your neighbor is getting eviction and cut-off notices and collection letters from creditors. Maybe it is the result of poor choices in their life.  Even so, which of us hasn’t been down that road? But maybe it’s because she can’t get a job because her car needs repair. She can’t get her car repaired because she doesn’t have the money to fix it.  She doesn’t have the money to fix it because she doesn’t have a job. She doesn’t have a job because she has no transportation. And round and round it goes. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. We have it in our power to do something. We can come alongside those who are struggling and provide some relief. We can make an impact in people’s lives. When you see your brother or your sister in need, do you intervene or do you walk on by?

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