“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart (bowels of compassion KJV) from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” 1 John 3:17 (New King James Version)
A.W Tozer writes about this scripture saying, “The apostles rebuked the young churches sharply because a few of their members had forgotten this and had allowed their love to spend itself in personal enjoyment while their brethren were in need.”
The Message writes it this way, “This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.”
I must say I don’t believe a need is when our fellow believers have enjoyed their life with spending all their money and time on their enjoyment and then stand around wanting someone ( church, parents, family and friends) to help so they can spend their savings on a little more enjoyment. This seems like we now have two without the love of God but plenty love for self?