In John’s epistle, one of the themes that reoccurs is that of ‘love’. The Spirit prompted me to reflect on how I how I love others, and reminded me that God has shown us what love is by laying down His life for us in Jesus Christ. As I was reading this week, the verses that stood out to me were from 1 John 3:16-18. John questions that “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?” He also encourages us to love in action and in truth, not just with words or speech.
I think we can so often pray for others; speaking to God and asking Him to answer prayer for others, when at times perhaps we might be the conduit for the answer to prayer. What I mean, is that sometimes we have material possessions that could be used to help others, and by taking action in using those material possessions, then that is how that person's needs are met. But it’s more than that - overall, God regularly prompts me to take action; and demonstrate love for others not just by praying for them, but by “laying down” my life, my priorities, my schedule, my possessions for others.
Practically, I know what this means for me personally, as I listen for God’s voice in the day. In the past the Spirit has prompted me to spend a bit of extra time listening to people, even though I have been in a rush to go elsewhere. The Spirit has prompted me to show someone new around Glen Waverley, as they were isolated; whereas I could have used that time to socialise with my friends. The Spirit has led me to speak with homeless people before and spend some time with them, hearing their story. Often the Spirit prompts me to take action now; rather than pray for that person later when the moment has passed.
As I read God’s word, and hear from it, I understand how much a man of action Jesus was. My prayer is that I might be more like Him and demonstrate love for others by taking action.