1 John 3:16-18—– This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 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?
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Our God is a God of love and He has poured his love, blessing and resources in each of our lives. We as His children must imitate Him and learn to live for others. If we love the Lord God with all our heart, soul and mind, loving our needy brother /sister is the natural result. The question then is, who is our needy brother/sister, and how do we love him or her?
When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we grow to recognize that everyone is part of His creation. “Loving our needy brother/sister” is not as hard as it looks on the surface. It simply means respecting others and showing concern and help towards their needs as highly as we regard our own needs.
Mother Teresa is an wonderful example of loving the needy. Under her direction, the Sisters of Charity ministered to the sick and hungry of Calcutta. Mother Teresa didn’t preach but reached out to the poorest of the poor. They showered love and food on all with whom they came in contact with. Their own families may have rejected them but the convents accepted them and loved them even though they were total strangers.
Jesus also showered love on all the people He encountered irrespective of their status or their sinful condition.
We who are the light of the world must shine with God’s love so that others can know Him and Praise Him. The Father looks for sheep whose hearts are full of genuine love willing to help others in need. The Father is looking for people willing to accept the “servant’s” position by choice so that they can fulfil the will of the Father in their lives.
How can we learn to love our needy brother/sister especially when we don’t even like them? Perhaps the secret is to recognize that our neighbour, whether it’s the guy next door, the homeless or the beggar on the street is someone as worthy of God’s love as you or I.
The way we love others is through getting to know Christ, the living Word of God? It’s human nature to emulate those we admire most, so in getting to know Christ, we will discover a God worthy of our whole-hearted love, and our needy brother/sister will see that love in us.
“Examine your heart often to see if it is such toward your neighbour as you would like his to be toward you were you in his place. This is the touchstone of true reason.”