I was reading this this morning
1 John 3
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister[f] in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.
We in the west have in general more than enough to live on with some exceptions, many in the world do not. Do we share are blessings? Do we as Christians make sure those brothers and sisters around us are taken care of?
John is saying here that we can not claim to have love if we do not care for our brothers and sisters. And we are all brothers and sisters in Gods eyes as we are His children. WE need to show that love in practical ways. We want God to show His love to us which He does by blessing us in many ways. We need to show our love for those around us in the same way.
John is not saying we have to give everything away, he stays “If someone has enough money to live well”. So we need to make sure our family is fed and housed in a proper way. Modest not over the top and then look to bless overs with our surplus.
One of my nephews this Christmas has decided he has more than enough and so is asking for gifts to children’s charities rather than more for himself. Others I know make sure they give to food banks and other groups helping the poorest.
What are you doing with the extra in your life, keeping more yourself or sharing?
A good question to ask as we think about the birth of the one who gave up all for us.