Part 3 – LOve and compassion

Part 3 – LOve and compassion

It’s always a good idea to go back to the fundamentals from time to time, to remind ourselves why we do what we do, why we live the life we live, and ultimately what motivates us to keep going and not grow weary in doing what’s right. Well, I believe love is what it’s all about – the right kind of love. As born again christians, we are called to preach the gospel to everyone, which can only be done out of a loving and a compassionate heart. Everything Jesus did, did it out of love and compassion.

One of the lessons I’ve learned over the last few years in my walk with The Lord is, never to use my personal experience to replace or to deviate from the true Word of God. It’s great to share testimonies and stories of victory for the glory of God and to uplift each other, even the Bible says, in revelation 12:11 ”And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death”. However, we ought to be careful not to forget to use Bible as our primary reference and our main source of inspiration/information, when sharing the message of Hope. You can’t go wrong when quoting God. ” For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”.

That being said, I think it’s important to remind ourselves that the love we are taught in the Bible is an action, not a feeling. When you love someone, the only way they can truly believe it, is through actions. You can verbally express it but it’s not enough for that person to have confidence in the love you claim you have for them. It requires actions on your part.

These are a few examples of what the Bible says about love and compassion:

  • Matthew 22:37-39  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
  • 1 John 3:18 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
  • John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
  • Zechariah 7:9-10 This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’
  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
  • 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
  • Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
  • Isaiah 30:18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
  • Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
  • 1 Corinthians: 13: 4-8 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
  • 1Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
  • Colossians 3:14: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
  • 1 John 4:16: “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
  • 1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
  • Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
  • 1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

Let us evaluate the posture of our heart and the genuineness with which we do everything – whether in word or in deed, see if we are speaking or acting out of love and compassion as Jesus did.

Blessings!

Delphine R

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