16 day plan

Caring for the Last, Least and Lost

Day 1 of 16

1 John 3:17

17If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him — how does God’s love reside in him?

Reflections:  In Australia, we are a very blessed nation! Some research shows that we are among some of the richest people on the planet. We all have things that we could donate. Whether it’s clothes, food, money, toys, etc. Our family regularly does a clean-out to charity, there’s so much extra stuff that we don’t use! We are blessed to be a blessing. To be a follower of Jesus, we need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. This week we will see people in need. Think about how you can care for them. How can you bless them and not just give them a handout, but a hand up? What ways can you really change someone’s life?

Prayers:  Lord Jesus, give me your heart for the poor. Help me always have a heart of generosity and use me to make a difference in others’ lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

1 John 3:1-24

1See what great love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children — and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. 2Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he appears, we will be like him because we will see him as he is. 3And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure.

4Everyone who commits sin practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he was revealed so that he might take away sins, and there is no sin in him. 6Everyone who remains in him does not sin; everyone who sins has not seen him or known him.

7Little children, let no one deceive you. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8The one who commits sin is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the devil’s works. 9Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because his seed remains in him; he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God. 10This is how God’s children and the devil’s children become obvious. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother or sister.

Love in Action

11For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another, 12unlike Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.

13Do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers and sisters. The one who does not love remains in death. 15Everyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 16This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him — how does God’s love reside in him? 18Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth.

19This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows all things.

21Dear friends, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commands and do what is pleasing in his sight. 23Now this is his command: that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps his commands remains in him, and he in him. And the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he has given us.