1 John 3

Today, read 1 John 3.

This chapter continues describing the differences between those who are children of God and those who are not. Of all the important things described in this passage, I am struck most by verses 17-18: “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Here we are on Thanksgiving day. I hope you’re enjoying some great times with family and friends. I hope you are enjoying a great meal, too. But what is the state of your generosity? Are you quick to help out others who have genuine material needs? That is one of the marks of genuine discipleship. If you happen across someone with a need today or on “Black Friday” tomorrow, use the opportunity to share the love of Christ by giving to meet that need.