Compassion is Love in Action

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church

Living in a way that makes the world a better place is a desire that beats inside everyone at some time in our lives.  The compassion of Jesus makes it possible for us to be change agents for good, a gospel kind of goodness.

 

Jesus’ compassion is a profoundly simple source.  He loves us.  He wants the best for us.  He wants us to want the best and to do the best for other people.

 

Jesus makes this best possible by loving us in a way that we can also love each other.  Through this love we are bonded together.  As our lives are transformed, the setting in which we live our lives (typically called society/culture) are affected by our personal transformation.  This is why Jesus calls us “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.”

 

Jesus’ compassion contains the DNA to make everyone’s life better, which is why He holds us accountable for what we do with His love.

 

Consequently, at the end of His earthly life, He told a parable (Matthew 25: 31-46) by which we can better prepare for the end of our lives.  After our physical death, when we face Jesus, He will make it clear how we did or did not believe in Him; how we trust Him for salvation; how we know that His grace was the only way our lives could hold together and have meaning. The litmus test is by how we live compassionately.

 

This kind of compassion shows up in everyday life.  As we see someone in need, and we have the resources to meet that person’s need, we are to meet it.  

 

The compassion need may be met with time by visiting with people in a way that they no longer feel alone in the world.  The compassion need may be met with gifts like clothes, so they are not naked in a lusting world.  The compassion need may be met with service like sharing food with another hungry person, so they know we know their lives are as important as our lives.  The compassion need may be met with a touch to person’s faces while giving them water to quench their thirst, so they know the acceptance of not being untouchable.  The compassion need may be words spoken to their aching soul, so they hear the message which enables them to understand why these acts of love are being done.

 

I am not sure what messages from your past replay in your life, but I am sure there is something going on from your past which stirs in your present life.  Jesus’ words from Matthew 25 stir in our midst.  Through this message Jesus emphatically got the word out … Who you are and what you do matters. Now understand this clearly. Your life matters to you, to others, and to God.  Now be the person you are created to be and do what he’s called you to do.  Your future and the future of others depend on it.

 

Jesus’ compassion becomes the connecting force by which we can know how to act on the importance of our lives.  God’s plans include us but they are not just about us.

 

Compassion is the way of knowing the joy of sharing a life of love with everyone we meet. This is why Jesus culminated the last parable He ever told with the compelling words, “when you did it for the least of these you did it unto me.”

 

Together in the purpose of building a more just society through the compassion of Jesus,

Pastor Les

 

“Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself.  This is the greatest gift anyone can give.”
-David R. Hawkins

 

“We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.”

-David R. Hawkins

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.  For more information about how God works in your life, or to contact Dr. Hollon, click over to Trinity Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 20 June, 2009 in Helping Others, Spirituality
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