Daily email from the Vicar Number 62

It is Wednesday and the 7th day of Thy Kingdom Come, and using the material that they suggest to help us in praying for others, especially our 5.  Today’s overall theme is Help – Love is an action word.
For our Bible reading we are again in the 1st letter of John, Chapter 3 verses 16 to 18.
 
Reflection:

When St John says, ‘Dear children’ he’s speaking to everyone, all the children of God. He says we shouldn’t just say we love people if we’re not doing anything to
show that love – that if we have material possessions and yet we don’t show any pity for our brother or sister – how is that love?
Not to say that that’s the only way to love people, but that’s a very practical way to love people. How generous are we as Christians? How caring are we as Christians? 

How hospitable are we as Christians, especially when it is not in our self-interest?

If we don’t act, it’s almost as if we think we deserve to be in a better position because it’s only by God’s grace that we’re not in the position of the one in need. 
Jesus himself says: ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Everything that we do to people, we do as if we do it to Christ.

Prayer:
Loving God, thank You for Your costly love. Please may my five friends understand something of the strength of Your love for them. Help us to use our resources well.
Amen.
Action:
How could you use what you already have to show others how alive and active the love of Jesus is?

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