How Deep Is Your Love?
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1John 3.
This hub asks the musical question (with respect to the Bee Gees), how deep is your love? How far will you go to help a brother or sister in need. Does your love come with conditions? Does Your love only emanate from your lips and not from your heart? Are you willing to go the extra distance to deliver your brother in Christ?
This hub seems to be a follow up to the last one I wrote entitled Put Your Love Where Your Mouth Is. The Lord seems to be dealing with me concerning this subject very heavily. I suppose because there’s so little love in the world, even in our churches, we need to be reminded of our obligation to God and to one another.
I believe God allows calamities such as the economic situation to see how the Church reacts to it in faith; individually, and collectively. We realize that all things are in His control, whether the world chooses to believe it or not. It is what it is - the truth. And in the Church, there are those that have fallen on hard times, and there are those that are doing well materialistically.
So what should be the attitude of the well-to-do Christian to his poorer brother? The rich brother has more than he can possibly use without wasting, while the poor brother has just lost his job and is scrambling to make ends meet. The attitude of some with the means is to offer to pray for his poor brother that God will supply his needs, and send him on his way, or to ignore him altogether. Another scenario would be to help with a couple of bucks, or a can of food and not actually help the brother get out of his situation. The truth is that God blesses certain in the brotherhood, to be a blessing to his brother. Wake up! God sent you to meet his needs.
Love should be unconditional: No limits or boundaries should be placed on it. If the rich brother decides to help, he should be prepared to go the distance. To strive, cry, support his brother until the situation has passed. Sadly to say, not many of us are prepared to make that sacrifice. We’ll help as long as it is comfortable, but when it becomes uncomfortable, we back out.
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17.
This is what it is all about. A true friend or brother puts himself into the fight to help, no matter what the situation, and fights until the battle is won. He is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get involved. It may involve not getting recognition or repayment of any kind, but he sees his brother has a need, and he realizes that God has blessed him to meet that need. He doesn’t look at helping as a burden, but instead, he sees it as an opportunity to help his brother, and glorify God in the process.
Since I’m in an old-school music mood, there’s a song in the early 70's entitled,
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother , I think The Cowsills sung it, that’s appropriate here. Dig out the 45 and check it out.
Finally, consider this: Jesus sacrificed it all for us. We should sacrifice it all for each other.