The Third Day of Christmas/St. John

1 John 3:10-18 (NASB)

10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

Lord God, today we remember St. John, who reminded us that if we are Your children, we will love one another. We love You because You first loved us, and we love our brothers and sisters because Jesus commanded us to love another. And we don’t just say we love each other–we must show us by our actions. Empower us by the Holy Spirit to love one another and show it by what we give and share. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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