For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. – John 3:17
LIGHT FOR NOW: Love lavishly and give bountifully!
The death of Jesus is used as an example of giving and generosity. Christ died while we were yet good for nothing. The Apostle Paul puts it this way In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it … So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? … Shall I praise you? certainly not in this matter!For I received the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took the bread and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”…he took the cup, saying, “This is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes’(1 Corinthians 11:18-26 [NIV]).
The believers used to bring food to the church and eat together – this is called Love Feast, not Communion. At Love Feasts, the rich displayed a high level of selfishness by not sharing their food with the poor. Hence, the Apostle Paul pointed out that this was displeasing to God! The essence of Love Feast was thwarted! There was no Love in the so-called Love Feast. Paul kicked against the segregation and discrimination. He made it known in clear terms that their selfish attitude was not pleasing to God!
The death of Christ should be the focus in loving others and giving to them. When you understand how much Christ loves us, you will not need any other reason to love another person. Let Christ be your reasons for loving others. And there is no love without giving; for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son …(John 3:16 [NIV]). Love lavishly and give bountifully!
INSTRUCTION:Don’t give for what you can gain. Give because Christ dwells in you.
Prayer:I will not give because of material gain, I will give because of the Love of Christ, in Jesus Name!
QUOTE:There is no love without giving.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ACTS CHAPTER 1