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Daily Bible Thought > 1John.3:17 - Does the Love of God Remain in us?

1John3:17 But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of compassion against him, how does the love of God remain in him?

Love cannot be devoid of action! We cannot be in God's love, Christ Jesus, and not be moved to action to help our brother in need. Yes, sadly, the world and false religion has made this about a legal contract as they have God's love.

Luke 24:44 He said to them, "This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled."

Matthew 23:23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin,{ cumin is an aromatic seed from Cuminum cyminum, resembling caraway in flavor and appearance. It is used as a spice.} and have left undone the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.

But knowledge does not divorce God's love, having profound knowledge of the bible, even as a Doctor of theology, a master attorney of God's word the bible does not divorce love, what love is moved to do without motives, because God is love, and God should reside in our heart richly not poorly by obligation.

1Cor.13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing.

1 John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.

Ephesians 3:19 and to know Christ's love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Who are our brothers? Christ made it clear, and that's exactly who John was speaking to here, not the world, the apostles did not set out to feed the world with their God assigned ministry. But let us recall how compassion moved Christ heart for all humans. One can be in no doubt of who John speaks to here simply because the letter of First John is about not loving the world, he stating the world does not know us, because it did not know Christ, either, note here he speak of Christ brothers as having worldly goods not spiritual goods, or gifts, but physical goods and not sharing them with a brother in Christ in need.

There are many programs that do good for the poor, but John is more specific here, he is speaking of a personal family connection between body members in need. We know as well that the world is a world of weed Christian's that the enemy of God planted to obscure the wheat of God's planting the real sons of the kingdom. False religion had enriched itself off donation through selling tactic and guilt. Furthermore, religion does not recognize Christ brothers as Christ told us they would not and could not they did not come to the need of those suffering Christ being in them, those hated, and persecuted for his righteousness sake, they are not known by the world which weed Christian's are. Christ brothers are overlooked by fleshly false religion who are not moved at all for the brothers of Christ, They have no natural affection or connection to them, because Christ brothers are not known by the flesh, by their fleshly deeds and actions as are those of the flesh found in false religion.

1 John 3:13 Don't be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.

1 John 4:5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them.

1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

1 John 3:1 Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn't know us, because it didn't know him.

This is really the cruxes of John point if we are in Christ, as his body members, that is, in God's love, and to know God, is to know love, how could body members not love their own body, why would anyone neglect themselves?

Eph.5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the assembly, being himself the savior of the body.
5:24 But as the assembly is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their own husbands in everything.
5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it;
5:26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,
5:27 that he might present the assembly to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
5:28 Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself.
5:29 For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord also does the assembly;
5:30 because we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones.
5:31 "For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh."{Genesis 2:24}
5:32 This mystery is great, but I speak concerning Christ and of the assembly.

Its that simple! However, the flesh has taken the field of God planting corrupting it with yeast from the flesh so hardly anyone trust anyone now days, and most are just scamming each others for benefits of the flesh! The power of money and goods has taken the natural affection away from mankind in general. We are as told, in critical times, hard to deal with, for men are lovers of themselves over lovers of God, they prove false to every power found in God's love, they deny the power of Christ working in his body for the love of false religion.

2Tim. 3:1 But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come.
3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3:3 without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good,
3:4 traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
3:5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. Turn away from these, also.
3:6 For of these are those who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
3:7 always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

But God is still moved with compassion for the poor elderly, and the widows and fatherless boys, so are Christ brothers, although, they be defrauded at times does not mean the love of God in them was defrauded! Nothing is lost, all is gains in Christ, rather life of death, rather suffering or joy all works for God's glory, for we should not fear what they fear and give up doing what is good, for we have the good God indwelling us, he will give us the wisdom to be innocent as a dove, but also as cautious as a serpent, we are not left alone to making hard choices we have a head that helps us in every way that does not reproach us in asking for wisdom from above.

1Cor.3:20 And again, "The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that it is worthless."{Psalm 94:11}
3:21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours,
3:22 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come. All are yours,
3:23 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

2Cor. 6:6 in pureness, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love,
6:7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
6:8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;
6:9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and not killed;
6:10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Let Christ work in us for the glory of God, let us not become evil with tight uncaring fist, but let us be moved by His love; for he lets it rain upon the righteous and the unrighteous he loved us first, we have the perfect example of giving living right in us.

Matt. 5:45 that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?

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