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Respond to post below Your responses should develop the topic of changing the world in the light of John’s writings.

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1 John 3: 16-18 (New International Version), “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with action and in truth.”  (Ironically enough, this is one of the passages I chose to describe love from the Gospel of John in the previous discussion.)

            The passage from 1 John 3: 16-18 (NIV) speaks directly of how we should be treating each other as children of God. John is calling on us to be like Jesus and sacrifice our lives and personal endeavors for our brothers and sisters. Inserting this passage to how we can change the world, we can simply look at our political situations. While not directly speaking about American politics, personal-characteristic stereotyping is far too visual in this modern age. Social media is a perfect example, as people hide behind keyboards and computer screens in hopes of making a change in the world. John asks us to “not love with words or speech but with action in truth,” just as Jesus did. To change the world for Christ, we should be actively taking care of those less fortunate. “If anyone has material possessions....but has no pity on them,” to me, this verse tells us to take extra care with panhandlers, the homeless, and those who seek refuge.

3 John 1: 11 (NIV), “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.”

As children and younger adults, it is not uncommon for peers to replicate how “friends” treat those who are not like the others. We can use the question, “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you follow?” In this verse, John is asking us to imitate the good deeds of Jesus Christ and to avoid the dealings of the Devil. In respect to changing the world, positive acts in the name of Jesus can affect those around us. Volunteering for charity, starting fundraisers, and simply being kind can effectively change the world for Christ. The disposition of inclusion and skill of self-discipline can be applied in this instance.

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