The other day, I (Mike) was reading God’s Word assuming I would read several verses in my devotion time, but then I was struck by two verses.  I read them probably 10 times and started asking a lot of questions to God and of myself.  Here are the verses…

1 John 3:16-17, “By this we know love, that he (Jesus) laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.  But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

Here are some of my questions:

  • In light of the Gospel (Jesus laid down his life for me) how am I laying down my life for the brothers (other believers)?
  • Do I have the world’s goods? (yes)
  • How am I using the world’s goods to meet the needs of my brothers?
  • Are there specific ways that I am closing my heart to needs of brothers?
  • Are all of the goods that I have “on the table” to be used for meeting needs?
  • What specific goods (money, vehicles, home, etc.) am I using to benefit the needs of my Christian brothers?

I am still praying through this passage, but have also seen some very clear practical application in my life.  I am thankful that the abiding love of God (through the Holy Spirit) convicted me and I pray that as you ponder these verses He will speak to you also.