” Little children, let us not love in words or speech, but in deeds and in truth. ” 1 John 3:18
The apostle John urged Christians with a deep imperative love in deeds and in actions for others. Take the Lord as our example, to love as he loved, especially in loving the poor. The poor in their poverty needed to be granted materially and most specially of love. Do not say to a person who is poorly clothed and in lack of food to go in peace, be warmed and filled. Instead give and provide to love him. Do not close our heart for his cry, the Lord hears.
After Pentecost among the earliest community, the believers shared their possessions with one another. There was no one in the group who was in need, for money was distributed to each one according to his need from the sale of those who owned fields or houses. Peter, the apostle in his act for the church assigned seven helpers, men ” Full of the Spirit and of wisdom ” to care for the poor and look after the widows.
The church is a hospital for the poor and all the poor belong to their lives as being concerned. Blessed are those that ask nothing in exchange, with no ” its ” or ” buts ” and ” maybes “. Knowing live, care and concern call down blessings from God, the provider, for all his children. The one who gives and the one who receives are both the poor in the eyes of God. We need his love and mercy in deeds and in truth to love one another as he had first loved us.
Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.