Laying Down Our Lives

1 John 3:16-18 is such an important passage for us to reflect on and live out as Christians today, considering the challenging season we find ourselves in.

I love how simply John encourages the disciples then - and all of us today - through the words he wrote in 1 John 3:16-18 (ESV):

"16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 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? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."

With Jesus as our reference point, let's choose to lay down our lives for the benefit of other people in love. As Patrick Mitchel - an Irish theologian - suggests, if we do choose this way, we'll be in great company and we'll be continuing the Kingdom work that's been done since the earliest days of our faith. Here's what he writes in his recent article, Coronavirus and Christian Theology:

"From Christianity’s earliest days, it was known as a movement of compassion and care for those in need. Such teaching is embedded in the gospels and in John, James and Paul. Their teaching is in turn rooted in the Jewish scriptures which speak of God’s impartial love for the widow, alien and stranger. Christianity lay behind the development of hospitals and the idea that all people, made in the image of God, are worth caring for."

How is God calling you *|FNAME|* to lay down your life for the benefit of those in need all around you? How is He calling you to show people - through your compassionate and caring actions - that God thinks they are worth caring for?

Our world is in desperate need of Jesus' sacrificial love, compassion and care right now... go and show them what it looks like *|FNAME|* and be prepared to share the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)!


Ps Joel Hawting

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