Matthew Week 5: Day 4

Pray and read

Ask God for wisdom and understanding, and that by his Spirit you would grow in love for him and his people.

Read 1 John 3:13-18.

Explore

What identifies someone as a Christian in this passage?

What’s the connection between Jesus and my actions?

Who does John mean by “brothers and sisters”, and who does that mean my brothers and sisters are?

What similarities can you see between this passage and the sheep and goats passage in Matthew 25:31-46?

Apply

Do my actions reflect my status in God’s family? Am I living in hate against my brothers and sisters in Christ? What does this mean for my relationship with God?

What does it look like to love my brothers and sisters “with actions and in truth”?

Pray

Thank God that we know true love because of what Jesus Christ did for us by laying down his life for us.

Ask God to work in our hearts, so that we will lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters, and love them with actions and in truth.

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