“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?” 1 John 3:17
We’ve all heard someone say “I don’t want your pity!”
According to Webster’s Dictionary “pity” means “a sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed, or unhappy”.
The implication of this verse is that pity is a feeling that is only good to the extent that it stimulates action to do something to address it, otherwise it further distances those suffering from those that can help. In this verse, John is challenging us to act when we see those in material need.
“God, thank You for Your provision for me and please open my eyes to the material needs of those around me. Please show me how I can help someone specifically this week. In Jesus name, amen.”