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Verse 20 - “Dear children, let us not love in word only, but in action and in truth. This
then, is how we know we belong to the truth, and how we can set our hearts at rest in
his presence, whenever our heart condemns us, for God is greater than our hearts, and
he knows everything”.
In other words, John says: you know those moments with God, when you’re not sure if
you’re ok with him? The way to overcome that, is to look around you, and make
people’s lives better; because it’s in that generosity that you can know you belong to
God, and you heart is set at rest in his presence.
Ten verses later, this is how he says it. 1 John 4:7 – “Beloved, let us love one another,
for love is of God, and everyone that loves is born of God, and knows God”.
My question is, before we get into the logistics of everything, do you know him? Do you
If you’re not sure, are you willing to adjust your life to develop a Tzedakah spirit?
Are you willing to genuinely ask of God: God instill a Tzedakah spirit in me. A right spirit,
install a Tzedakah spirit in me.
May I be a person who isn’t waiting to go to heaven, but is actually looking around for
opportunities to bring heaven to every place there’s hell that I see. May I be someone
who had developed a Tzedakah spirit, for I want to know you.
#1 work; #2 wisdom; (stay out of debt; don’t put money in things going down in value).
#3, save 10% of your income (don’t trust the government to do it for you, they will go
broke; see America, 14 trillion in debt, hard to get your head around).
#4, honor what’s on your life, and the life of others.
#5, seek the face of god, desperately desiring to know him.
I bless you to be a people who know god, know god, not in some definition we made up,
but in the way he defines it: to take care of the poor and the afflicted.
May we be people who look around us, and seek to show the righteousness and
generosity and the love of god to the world.