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This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. This is my command: Love each other.
—(John 15:12-14,17 NLT)
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.
—(1 John 3:16-19)
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
—(Hebrews 1-3 NLT)
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life. (Matthew 25:31-46 NLT)
Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him…. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. If your gift is giving, give generously. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. (from Romans 12:1-13 NLT)
Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire. Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. (Hebrews 12:28-13:3 NLT)
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad . . .
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what the bible really says
What is the biblical reason why churches are supposed to collect an offering on Sundays? (a. support missionaries (Titus 3:13); b. to support pastors (1 Timothy 5:17-18); c. to support a music ministry (Nehemiah 10:39); d. to care for persecuted and suffering fellow Christians in a foreign land (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
Second Corinthians 8–9 presents the most comprehensive teaching and example of Christian giving in the Bible. What is the biblical reason for the giving in this passage? (a. support missionaries (2 Corinthians 1:15-16); b. support pastors (Matthew 10:9-10); c. a church building program (Exodus 25:2-3,8); d. care for persecuted and suffering Christians in a foreign land (2 Corinthians 8:4; 9:1).
There are 426 verses in the New Testament that reveal the Lord’s purposes for our giving. What percent of these verses are related to:
• helping poor, suffering and persecuted Christians? 66%, 21% or 13%
• helping “the poor” without distinction between Christians and non-Christians? 66%, 21% or 13%
• supporting gospel workers, such as missionaries, church pastors and elders? 66%, 21% or 13%