Cultivating a passion for compassion

To the word… shall we? Luke 7:11-16: “It came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people (a large crowd). Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people (large crowd) of the city was with her.

And when the Lord SAW her, HE HAD COMPASSION ON HER, and said unto her, Weep not.  And he came and TOUCHED the bier  (open coffin): and they that bare him  (carried the coffin)  STOOD STILL.

And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that WAS dead SAT UP, and began to speak. And he (Jesus) delivered him to his mother.

And there came a fear on all (fear seized them all): and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet has RISEN among us; and that GOD HATH VISITED HIS PEOPLE.” 

I know the look of this writing format is not the greatest but it is kinda tricky to say it in my head and expect everyone to read it with the points I would so stress vocally… so we instead get this big bold words to hit the preferred points.

Going be, hopefully ‘talking’ about compassion or rather the lack thereof. I will admit I get very angry, very easily with the stories of people who do things that are just so mean and sometimes hearing peoples thoughts, takes, and advice in dealing with everything from children to pets and sometimes I just want to scream, “WHAT is wrong with you people?!” 

I still think the “wrong” part is what helped usher in the falling away of the church, especially taught in the old days, teaching against women and that everyone and everything was to be brought “into submission” through hitting and brow beating, that church shaming keep the flock in check, when actually it ran them out, and the Bible teaches us that love “discreetly” covers matters.

The old school-house rules of teachers actually calling bullied kids “tattle-tales” instead of defending them. So it is not to be a shock that people who “grow up” under these teaching and in homes with these thoughts often (NOT ALWAYS) cling to those same destructive mentality as adults.

Doubt it? Well how babies do you think are born as white supremacists, or born  with any other natural inclination to hatred and violence, or to hold any other poisonous prejudiced belief.  NONE, we are created completely equal, with no hate, or distrust toward anyone.

Infants do not even have to capacity to hate. Anger itself is supposed to be three to six months of age and shame around thirty-six months, but hatred is its own monster and usually it is taught or birthed from a neglectful, abusive environment.

So if a person has never been taught love, compassion, and mercy how can we expect them to show it? And it is so easy for us to give into our own hatred and disgust (which IS still wrong, I fully admit I wrestle with it in many instances) because we can’t understand how people can not see that there is a better way. Compassion which is one the most precious attributes of the Lord, among his innumerable is the most often overlooked, and avoided of them all. So much with hell and brimstone, which I also preach, and do not feel is preached nearly enough,  but it has to be in context with the conviction spirit drawing people, convicting them of their need of salvation.

Only God can bring true conviction, saving conviction, conviction that will bring change as he himself cautioned all to “TURN from their WICKED ways”.

ALL of us who are truly of the body of Christ have felt that conviction, we were made fully aware of our ways and how truly wicked and sinful our lives had been, that is what gets through to us.

We can never do that, we don’t “get people saved” we can make people feel shame, fear, guilt, (which is again, all WRONG) and try to “get them saved” and only make them feel like dirt and view us as “judgy” hypocrites, causing them to run even farther away…which is what brought us to this post!

People can only be told so many times that what they say is sinful, what they think is sinful, what they wear… AGAIN sinful before they just finally give up.

What we THE WORLD needs is compassion, we NEED a revival of compassion. I have said this before and probably will again, but the most missed point of all time has been COMPASSION, Jesus IS compassion and I love the story from Luke, because NO ONE had to ask him to do this, NO ONE told him about this lady or her son, of course being God, I am sure He knew, but for our recorded information NO ONE else brought this to his attention. We are told that he SAW her, he SAW her pain, he SAW that this was her only child, he SAW her widowhood and being God, He SEES it all.

And he had COMPASSION, which literally means a mixture of love and sorrow for the plight of another, suffering that feeling WITH them. And that is what we miss and the world misses.

When we see each other hurting, even someone we don’t know well, or even at all, as Christians, that compassion Jesus had SHOULD rise up in us also, just as the man in our verse ROSE and just as Jesus ROSE in victory.

Compassion has the power to do that. COMPASSION is the love and mercy of God coming into a dark situation and RAISING UP a completely different standard and changing the outcome for all concerned.

And just as hatred is taught, compassion can be taught also, when you offer others a “different” way of dealing with something that see as a problem and others can learn compassion from how you treat them. It is part of being that light Jesus left us to be and why he gave us these wonderful teachings:

Luke 6:31-37: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also them likewise. For if ye love ONLY them that love you, what thank (credit) have ye? for SINNERS also love those that love those that love them.

And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank (credit) have ye? for SINNERS also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank (credit) have ye? for SINNERS also lend to SINNERS, to receive as much again.

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again (in return); and your reward shall be great, and YE SHALL BE THE CHILDREN OF THE HIGHEST: FOR HE IS KIND UNTO THE UNTHANKFUL AND TO THE EVIL.

BE YE THEREFORE MERCIFUL, AS YOUR FATHER ALSO IS MERCIFUL. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive and ye shall be forgiven.”

And we know exactly WHO is speaking to here, he differentiated “the church” from “the sinners” so we would have no doubt who he was speaking to. He is speaking to us, his entire “church” and as he pointed out THE traits and actions are what proves us as his children!

And He IS merciful, and He IS kind and in being those things it CHANGES hearts. Back to the innocence babies, when a child has never been shown compassion or taught compassion, or raised with half-truths, never taught tenderness, gentleness, or mercy they can not be expected to just spontaneously produce these traits.

At some point the Lord has to have it shown to them, thus teaching that better way. And with everything we learn, it requires time, patience, and two willing hearts, one giving and one receiving and there is nothing greater we can give than the love of Christ and nothing greater we can show aside his enduring, endless mercy, as the Bible tells us “His compassions faileth not” meaning his compassion is never-ending. 

And he EXPECTS us to be a reflective of himself, we NEED to start checking that reflection and if we find that we are lacking, we need to pray for his compassion, and mercy to RISE inside of us. 

Pray that he would give us spiritual eyes to see what he wants us to see in others.

Pray that he would give us spiritual ears to hear the very cry of wounded souls that are often hidden behind outwardly angry appearances.

Pray that our spiritual hearts are open to his leading and prompting by his Holy Spirit to minister to those needs and show us the time to give that ministration when it would be received.

Pray that the compassion of this world would be stirred, that the spirit of love, mercy, and meekness would take hold of hearts thought to be so cold they would never warm.

Pray that those cold stones learn a better way and then, my friend, that love will spread and that love will save!

Would you be interested to know the MEANING of Nain, which was the name of the city Jesus ENTERED into and RESURRECTED the widow’s son? 

Nain means BEAUTIFUL PLEASANTNESS!!!  Now don’t you want others to also know that through mercy and compassion, we are INVITED to ENTER into that BEAUTIFUL PLEASANTNESS with him?!!!

Cover yourself in it! Wear it for the whole world to see!

Colossians 3:12-16: “PUT ON therefore, AS THE ELECT OF GOD, HOLY AND BELOVED, BOWELS (tender mercies) OF MERCIES, KINDNESS, HUMBLENESS OF MIND, MEEKNESS, AND LONGSUFFERING;

Forbearing (bearing with) one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

And ABOVE ALL THESE THINGS , PUT ON CHARITY, (love)  WHICH IS THE BOND OF PERFECTNESS. And LET the PEACE of GOD RULE YOUR HEARTS, to which also ye are called in one body and BE YE THANKFUL.

Let the WORD of Christ DWELL in you richly in ALL wisdom; TEACHING and ADMONISHING (warn gently) ONE ANOTHER…”

Thanks for reading! Love and peace to you and yours this upcoming week!  God bless you!

Εξυπνιζω Φλογιζω Σαλπιζω NB 2018

Love this song, still moves me to tears, beautiful, beautiful lyrics!

 

 

 

OF A DUDE, A DONKEY, AND A VERY ANGRY ANGEL

This is for all who love our furry friends, whom I would like to point out were actually created before us.
And for all who believe in mercy and the sanctity of all life that has been created by our God.
Humans often intentionally misinterpret what it actually meant when we were given dominion over the animal kingdom.
People like to have a scapegoat technicality to hide their own evil behavior behind. So let’s rip the band-aid off this thing and get it some fresh air!
Unless you live in your own world or under a rock ( which could be a refreshing change to this world) you know all to well the abuses committed under the guise of “sport’ and it seems for some reason like the savagery of our nations history, most of it for some reason takes place in the south.
Chicken fights, dog fights, pit bull breeding to produce more victims in their pursuit of the all mighty dollar, the heinous so-called training methods that involve cruelty far beyond what I believe a true human capable of.
“Violence begets violence” the Lord is merciful and desires mercy as a characteristic in his children.
If we are told by Jesus to turn the other cheek, how can we justify hitting anyone or anything? If Jesus was so on point about this that if someone walks up to us and slaps us down, we are, if at all possible, to not hit them back.
So how do we justify hitting animals and children as a method to produce a desired behavior?
If God were that unmerciful to us every time we made a mistake we would all be black and blue!
Most of us know the story of Balaam, the false prophet/sorcerer who was hired by Balak to curse the children of Israel. But God took control over the situation and overruled  the evil plans, however Balaam decided to disobey the voice of God. So God sent an angel to stand in his way, now the donkey could see the angel of God, so three times she would move to avoid him and every time Balaam hit her with his staff. God allowed her to speak and ask him why he did this to her, he was so full of blind fury that he did not even find it strange that suddenly this donkey spoke!
We’ll pick it up at Numbers 22:28-33 “And the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said unto Balaam What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten (hit) me these three times? ( NOW HERE HE IS, STILL SO UPSET THAT HE IS HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH A DONKEY,AND STILL NOT FINDING IT STRANGE! )and Balaam said unto the donkey, Because thou hast mocked me: I would (wish) there were a sword in mine hand, for now I would kill thee.
And the donkey said unto Balaam, Am I not thine ass upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day?
Was I ever wont (accustomed) to do so unto thee? and he said, Nay. THEN the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and HE SAW THE ANGEL OF THE LORD STANDING IN THE WAY, AND HIS SWORD DRAWN IN HIS HAND: and he bowed down his head and fell flat on his face. and the angel of the Lord said unto him, WHEREFORE (WHY) HAST THOU SMITTEN (HIT) THINE ASS THESE THREE TIMES? behold, I went out to withstand thee because thy way is perverse before me: And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times; UNLESS SHE HAD TURNED FROM ME, SURELY NOW ALSO I HAD SLAIN (KILLED) YOU AND SAVED HER ALIVE.”
She was protecting him and all he could do was beat her and would have killed her if given the opportunity.
The angel was so enraged by his cruelty that he demanded an explanation and let Balaam know really fast who would have died that day and it would not have been the helpless donkey!
Proverbs 12:10 ” A righteous man careth for the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”
So in God’s view, even the best they can do is still immense cruelty.
It is not hidden from God and it carries a hefty price. This is the lesson learned by two sons as Jacob pronounced the blessings on the sons of the tribe of Israel.
Genesis 49:5-7 “Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations (cruel behavior is part of them). O my soul, come not into their secret (council); unto their assembly, mine honour be thou not united (have nothing to do with them) for in their anger they slew a man and digged down a wall (intentionally crippled an ox, by cutting its hamstring) CURSED BE THEIR ANGER FOR IT WAS FIERCE; AND THEIR WRATH FOR IT WAS CRUEL; I WILL DIVIDE THEM IN JACOB AND SCATTER THEM IN ISRAEL.”
Ecclesiastes 3:19 ” For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them; as the one dieth, so dieth the other: yea, they have all one breath; so a man hath no preeminence (advantage) above a beast: FOR ALL IS VANITY.”
Many, many scriptures detail their presence that will be in New Jerusalem, here is just a hint of what to expect:
Isaiah 11:6-9 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; and their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall put his hand on the hole of the asp (cobra) and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ (viper) den. THEY SHALL NOT HURT NOR DESTROY IN MY HOLY MOUNTAIN; FOR THE EARTH SHALL BE FULL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD, AS WATERS COVER THE SEA.”
I think that gives a fair amount of insight to how he feels toward them. He loves all his creations. HE CREATED ALL BEINGS FOR HIS PLEASURE AND WE ARE ONLY SUPERIOR TO THEM IN OUR MINDS!
So as we await this day, please always remember them in your prayers, pray for rescues and deliverance to come, pray that peoples hearts will be opened and that their compassion will be stirred. Be the voice they do not have and never forget them.
That is the true dominion we have been given, their lives are in our hands and we will be held accountable for those lives.

  Original post::06/27/2014.

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