As Christians we are told to have compassion.
“And of some have compassion, making a difference:“
Have compassion, making a difference.
“Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?” Peter wrote:
1 Peter 3:8
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” John the beloved reminded us:
1 John 3:17
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
What is compassion, or pity?
“:a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.
: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” (Webster)
The first mention of compassion in the Bible is in Exodus. “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.”
Joseph had risen to be second only to Pharaoh, and had led Egypt through the 7 year draught, assuring they had food and supplies to survive.
The Hebrew people, 70 at the time of Joseph, grew (in 400 yesrs), to be millions, they were put into slavery, to build the cities of the Pharoahs.
The king was afraid of rebellion, ordered male babies killed.
“The midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”
The child Moses, was ordered to be thrown in the Nile to die. “Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”
Was found by Pharoahs daughter, alive, in a basket.
“And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
The first mention of compassion in the Bible, led to the saving of Moses, the release of millions from slavery and want, to find freedom and provision.
“Have compassion, making a difference.”
Do you hope to make a difference in this world, where our leaders, our fellow citizens, do not remember, or they never did know the Lord, or what He has done.
We must: “Have compassion, making a difference.”
The Psalms repeatedly tell us:
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” Why? “For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.“
Jesus, our example:
“Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”
“Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.”
“Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.“
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”
“When Jesus saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”
” Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.”
CHECK THIS OUT:
“I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:”
Three days with Jesus, nothing to eat. (Try keeping the flock in church beyond noon… lol).
Moses was on the mountain, twice for forty days and nights, no food or water, the 5,000 and 7,000, with Jesus, three days, nothing to eat.
How can this be? He had his disciples feed the crowds with a few fishes and loaves of bread, before He sent them away.
He told Peter, and us, through him, “To Feed My Sheep.”
Yes, He had the fed, physical food, but He had been feeding them Spiritual food, for three days… no complaints of hunger, they were filled with the presence of Jesus.
That is our calling, feed the Presence, the Life, the Power of the Risen Christ. A God whose “compassions fail not.”
Heal the sick, feed the hungry, (spiritual food), raise the dead, those who know not Christ, by introducing them, open the eyes of the blind, make the lame to walk.
That is the charge we have been given, in John 14, Jesus said:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
How do we get to the place, where, “Haveing compassion, makes a difference” really works?
Learn to live at the feet of Jesus, wear His Yoke, Do His Will, WALK WITH HIM.
Then we would find the reality of Psalms 65:4, fulfilled:
“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”
The Lord choose you, and you invited Him into your heart. He caused, (allowed you), to be as close as you desire, to His heart. To receive His many blessings.
We can dwell in His courts, right outside the Holy of Holies, free to enter boldly to receive Grace and Mercy in our times of need.
We will be satisfied, our (hunger, physical and spiritual), and like the Hebrews, our clothes will not rot, shoes not fail, there was no sickness, disease, hurts, wants or needs, the Lord did not meet. “We shall be satisfied.”
If we would only learn to dwell IN HIM.
2 Corinthians 1:20
“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”
Like this cactus, That blooms at and by the will of God, we can also. We must abide in Him.
Do we believe? Walk thou in it. Amen.