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March 31

1 John 3:16 (ESV)
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
 
John, who is writing this letter to believers is offering advice, warnings, and hope to us as believers today! Leading up to this verse, we are remembered of the story of Cain and Abel in the Old Testament in which Cain killed his brother – showing no love because his actions were filled with evil. This is important because John begins to make the connection between Cain and the world – and because we believe in Jesus Christ, there is a stark warning that the “world hates us”. This was the same for Jesus. Other translations may use the word experience love – because Jesus was the ultimate example for this.
 
How do we know this, because of John 3:16 – which is reiterated through 1 John 3:16. Our faith in Jesus is going to cost us, and yes, there may be some sacrifices that we have to make for those around us. Continue to look to Jesus as your example and be the example for the brothers and sisters that surround you!
 
Questions:
Does the meaning of John 3:16 change in light of 1 John 3:16 (that there might be some sacrifices you have to make?
 
Jesus knowing that the world was against him continued to show love all the way to the cross, how can you show the world love knowing that it may hate you? What sacrifices do you have to make for that to happen?
 
Activity:
Show love to someone today! After doing so, explain to them using John 3:16 why you decided to show them love!