OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE 2015. THEME : LOVE IN PRACTICE.

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MEMORISE : My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in
deed and in truth. 1 JOHN 3 : 18.

READ : 1 JOHN 3 : 16 – 18.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and
we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and
shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in
him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and
in truth.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 19 – 20 AND LUKE 11 : 33 – 54.

The character of love is seen in practice and not through empty words. This is
the reason why John the beloved advised that we should make the expression of
our love practical. One practical way of expressing love is through giving. The
Bible in John 3 : 16 says that God loved the world, and this love compelled Him to
give His only begotten Son, so that men could be saved. It was through the
medium of giving that God ascertained the love of Abraham had for Him
( Genesis 22 : 10 – 18).
Many people deceive themselves that they love God, but God knows they are far
from what they claim to be. When God lays a demand on them, even of those
things that legitimately belong to Him, they give reasons why they cannot
respond positively, expecting Him to understand the situation they are passing
through. For example, some people deny God of tithes and offerings, and they
expect Him to understand.

Our giving should also be directed towards our fellow humans beings, since this
is more direct. It is an expression of love to someone we can see. As a matter
of fact, Jesus appreciates our gesture towards our fellow human being,
particularly those of the household of faith. He said in Mathew 25 : 34 – 36 that
:
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
world:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me
drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was
sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”
John the beloved in 1 John 3 : 17 also asked this question :
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and
shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in
him?”
A popular adage says: ‘ A friend in need is a friend indeed.’ I would rather say ‘
A brother in need is a brother indeed.’ Some brethren find it difficult to pick up
a stranded brother that is known to them on the road. Beloved, let us go back
to the basics of love as was taught in the early days of the Church. This will
make our Lord Happy, and He shall bless us in return.

ACTION POINT :
Look around you from those in need, and show them compassion of Jesus.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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