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UNITY THROUGH COMPASSION

(1 John 3:14 NLT) If we love other Christians, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who doesn't love them is still dead.

(1 Peter 3:8 NIV) Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

(Luke 6:36 NLT) You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

(1 John 4:7-8 NKJV) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. {8} He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. Note the word love in these verses is the Greek word agape, which means compassion. The measure of love (compassion) in your heart is the measure of the presence of God in your heart. We are commanded to have compassion. Once again the key is to know God and who He really is. If we don't have compassion we don't know God, because God is compassion. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, {4} who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Your heart is like a dam that the compassionate love of God must pass through, behind you is a mighty river, the Holy Spirit of God. In front of you there is a dry riverbed, people thirsting for love and to know God. When you open one of your gates and let a river of compassion flow toward one of those people, the turbine in your heart generates life energy called love, oh what a wonderful sensation. For each gate you open, a river flows towards another person. Jesus says in (John 7:38 NKJV) "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." The more rivers the better. The thirsting people receive the water of life thankfully. It's interesting to note that compassion comes from your heart, not your head. But that is typical of God He deals with our heart, our head (mind) will follow our heart.

(1 John 3:17 KJV) But whosoever has this world's good, and sees his brother has need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him? It is so easy to turn off the flow of compassion, a little pride, a little selfishness, a little envy, a little unforgiveness, or a little fear; and the dam is closed, compassion is stopped. Compassion must flow; there is either a flowing river or a dry riverbed. When you stop the river of compassion to one person the whole dam shuts down. Anything that causes you to be offended shuts down compassion. Being offended comes from not knowing God, if the Creator of the universe has compassion for you, why would you let what people say and do destroy your life, spiritually and then physically. Don't let an offence stop the river of life from flowing through you. (Matthew 5:44-46 NKJV) "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, {45} "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. {46} "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

(Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV) Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; {13} bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. {14} But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. When you are in compassion; you are perfect, you are godly. (1 John 4:12 NKJV) If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. The measure of God in us is the measure of compassion in us. God dwells in compassion, God is compassionate love.

(Psalms 103:13-17 NKJV) As a father pities (has compassion on) his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. {14} For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. {15} As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. {16} For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. {17} But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children,

The way that we move into compassion for another person is the same way that God feels compassion for us it begins with pity, sympathy, and empathy. In our modern culture pity is considered a bad thing; this is not true. We have often heard from people that they "don't want our sympathy". Then they also are saying they do not want our compassion, our love. This attitude comes from pride, pride rejects love. God is love, so the prideful reject God. In my experience the most difficult people to love are the proud. But God can bring even the most prideful person to his knees when God opens their spiritual eyes to know Him, and see His loving compassion for them.

While in Manila I had several emotional experiences that were new to me. One of the most powerful came while just watching a child struggle to wash using a small bucket. I had empathy in the most awesome way. I saw myself in their place, that could be me, I am not a better person, I do not deserve the blessing of being born in the United States, they did not deserve the poverty they are experiencing. That could be me, that is me. This empathy caused compassion to flow through my heart and for the first time I understood what it means to love my neighbor as myself. (Mark 12:30-31 NKJV) 'And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. {31} "And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

People who do not want pity or sympathy believe that people who sympathize look down on the one that is pitied, not true. Compassion brings the greatest humility, the compassionate person feels what they feel, and a compassionate person empathizes. Compassion brings you to the same level as the one you pity. (2 Kings 13:23 KJV) And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them… The word gracious here is the Hebrew word chanan it means to bend or stoop in kindness to have pity and mercy on someone, to get on their level. (Galatians 6:1-2 NKJV) Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness (humility), considering yourself lest you also be tempted. {2} Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Christians are not to judge each other, which makes our life easier. We do not have a right to judge because it is between God and His servant. (Romans 14:4 NKJV) Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. Jesus says (Luke 6:36-37 NKJV) "Therefore be merciful (compassionate), just as your Father also is merciful (compassionate). {37} "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. If someone wrongs us we are to forgive the person God will take vengeance if necessary He knows the persons heart so He judges righteously. (Hebrews 10:30 NKJV) For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people."

The God of Love, Jesus Christ, lowers Himself in humility to come to our level. The god of hate, Satan, exalts himself in pride. The ultimate in humility and empathy is Jesus who as God became a man to relate to us on our level. (Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV) Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, {6} who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, {7} but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. {8} And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

(Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. {16} Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. The word mercy in this verse is the Greek word eleos, which means compassion. We receive compassion at the throne of grace. Jesus took on our pain and suffering; emotional and physical. (Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV) Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. {5} But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Jesus understands and feels our pain, and He promised to never leave us. Jesus says in (Matthew 28:20 NKJV) "… and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Whatever we go through He is with us. Just as He was with the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace. Sometimes He rescues us from situations, sometimes He gives us the grace to be able to go through the situation, but either way He is with us all the way.

There is not a person on earth that you can't have pity for. Just remember they are dirt, fragile, vulnerable, and weak, they are struggling with problems from their flesh, their pride threatens to destroy them, and they are only temporary on earth. The key is to look for something in the person or about the person to have compassion for. When you find a reason to pity someone that is your reason for compassion to flow to that person. Then you are to move in compassion for the need of that person. We all need compassion and we all need to give compassion.

Christians deserve more of our pity (compassion) than other people do because they are under a vicious Satanic attack for their spiritual life. Jesus says in (John 13:35 NKJV) "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." Satan's greatest victory is to have Christians attack each other; his greatest trick is to get us to believe that our brothers and sisters are the enemy. The fact is he is our enemy, not people. (Ephesians 6:12 NLT) For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. When we unite together in love (compassion) for each other, against our common enemy, Satan can not get an opening to come in and attack us. Christians have power in unity, but when we are divided against each other we fall. This is why Satan works so hard to get us offended at each other.

The second way to have compassion is to give to the person. When you give without grudging it causes compassion to begin to flow through you. There are many ways to give; you can give physical substance for a person's physical need. You can give words of comfort or encouragement for a person's emotional needs. But best of all you can give prayer for a person, which can meet all needs. You can intercede for the person at the throne of Grace, in front of the mercy seat, before the God of compassion.

During my trip to Manila I felt the prayers of people praying for me. I felt super natural peace and protection. Everything went very smoothly even though there could have been many complications.

In March 1990 my mother was diagnosed with cancer in her liver, she passed away later that year in December. It was a very difficult time for our whole family. We depended on her tremendously; she was the spiritual leader in our family and our source of encouragement. She was one of the most loving compassionate people I have ever known, she seemed to love everyone that she had contact with, and they all felt her love.

An example was recently when I received a haircut from a woman that had cut my mothers hair a few times years before. The woman told me that she was unable to throw away my mothers appointment card and then she began crying. I thought to myself what an impact my mother had on so many people, that even a woman who barley knew her would keep her appointment card for almost seven years after the she had died. Everyone that knew her knew that she was a Christian and that she loved them. Her testimony lives on in their memories continuing to impact their lives. When people tell me how much they miss her I always say you know it was her faith in the Lord that made her the way she was, and they always respond, "I know".

During our period of mourning I could feel the prayers of so many people. It was the most awesome peace I have ever felt in my life, their prayers carried us and lifted us out of despair. I knew the prayers were the reason I felt such peace and comfort, and I thought to myself how wonderful life would be if all those people prayed for me all the time. Because they knew her they also felt our pain and loss, so the prayers were offered in compassion with empathy. Christians do come together when situations are critical and we feel pity for our brothers and sisters. We need to move into the realm of constant pity praying in compassion all of the time for the members of our body, even if we are unaware of what ever struggles they may be going through. I believe we will, and how different all our lives will be as we move into full unity and compassion praying for each other.

All types of giving cause compassion to flow through you. Pastors it is time to begin the worship service with asking the congregation to pray for the person on their left and right. This will cause compassion to flow through the people, and God's presence will fill the people's hearts and the building. Do it in a way so as not to cause embarrassment but as the music plays softly let the people pray in their hearts, and compassion will flow. Then enter into worship in Spirit and Truth.

Here our some examples of what to pray for people you have compassion for. (Colossians 1:8-13 NKJV) who also declared to us your love (compassion) in the Spirit. {9} For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; {10} that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; {11} strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; {12} giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. {13} He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

I believe the joy of the Lord is compassion. (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV) Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." I believe that when the people gave to those who had nothing the joy of the Lord came upon them. Of course we know that in the presence of God is fullness of joy, when compassion abides in us, God abides in us. Jesus says in (John 15:10-12 NKJV) "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. {11} "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. {12} "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. When we experience compassionate love for each other joy is a by-product; it is a very pleasurable experience. When we walk in love, which means to live and move in love, then we keep God's commandments and they are not a burden to us they are joy.

God has to be your source of joy; otherwise you have no stability in your life. He is the only one that is a steady and constant source of joy. If you get your joy from people you can expect some big let downs in life. But God is our constant source of compassion, love, peace, and Joy. Joy from any other source is temporary and artificial. (Isaiah 55:12 NKJV) "For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace.

It is easy to have compassion on poor suffering children. But the reason God has put you where you are at is so that you can practice compassion on the people that surround your life. (2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV) Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. When you have love and compassion for all the people in your life you are perfect; you have fulfilled God's laws. (Romans 13:10 NKJV) Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. I believe that when you learn to have compassion for the people around you then the Lord will enlarge your circle of compassion to include more and more people.

Compassion never comes at the expense of someone else. You can't forsake your wife and kids to go have compassion for another woman. True compassion will line up with what the Bible teaches. The main reason for the Bible is to reveal love to us, God is Love. To have true love we must follow the guidelines that are given to us from the Word of God. The Bible tells us what love is and what love is not. Love is loyal, we must be loyal to our physical family, our spiritual family, the body of Christ; and we must be loyal to the authorities that God has set up in our lives. To reject these is to reject love. I think that the reason God tells us to love our neighbor is because He wants to love who is around us at the time, and not to be with holding love to give to someone else at some other time. Love is for whom you are near, and love is for now.

There is an awesome outpouring of the presence of God coming into the lives of many very soon. When we learn to live in compassionate love mighty miracles and signs will follow those that believe in the God of compassion. You will be walking down the street and a crippled child will catch your attention immediately compassion begins to surge through your heart, the presence of God fills your entire being. Being guided by the river of compassion coming from the throne of grace through your heart, before your mind can detour you with fear and unbelief your hand touches the forehead of the child and out of your mouth comes the command, "BE MADE WHOLE IN THE NAME OF JESUS"! The child's legs straighten in front of your eyes. The people around you are amazed but you are not what else could Jesus in you do, the God of compassion. You know your God. Several people who witness this action of love accept Jesus on the sidewalk.

God is calling His people to become vessels of compassion who will go about demonstrating the loving compassion of Jesus. (Romans 9:23-24 KJV) And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared unto glory, {24} Even us, whom he has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? The word mercy in this verse is the Greek word eleos, which means compassion; mercy and pity are synonymous with compassion. God's glory is His compassion. God is making known the riches of His glory on you His vessel of compassion; it is your destiny.

God does not want our sacrifice, our works, or our sufferings. He desires that we have compassion. (Matthew 9:13 NIV) But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy (compassion), not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Our God is not looking for self-righteous people who think they have earned their way to God through their works. Our God desires men and women that are moved with compassion. These people are the vessels that He can do the work through in actions of compassion.

(Isaiah 58:5-12 NKJV) Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the LORD? {6} "Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? {7} Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? {8} Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. {9} Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.' "If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, {10} If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. {11} The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. {12} Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

Isaiah chapter 58 gives us a prescription for health, both physical health and spiritual health. When you act in compassion giving to meet people's physical needs and their spiritual needs then the river of life flows from the throne, through you. As the river of compassion flows through you bringing life to the recipients of compassion it also brings life to you spiritually and physically. Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer.

When Jesus brought the gospel, the good news, to the people He also gave demonstrations of the love of God, which are actions of compassion. (Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV) Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. {36} But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. {37} Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. {38} "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." God is looking for harvesters to bring people into His kingdom. Most of the places in the New Testament where the Gospel is mentioned actions of compassion are mentioned also. These signs testify that God loves. (Luke 4:18-19 NKJV) "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; {19} To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

 

When I was in Manila sometimes I would give a piece of candy to a poor kid and he would turn around and give it to his friend. I got blessed when I would see this action of compassion and I would try and give the giver a handful of candy. That giver was far greater than I was because he gave all he had, I gave out of my abundance. This display of compassion would cause me to have ten times more compassion for the giver. I think God feels the same with us when He sees us share in compassion He rewards us greatly, the joy is only the beginning. The people of the United States are generally a generous and giving people, I believe this is one reason why our nation has been so blessed by God. (Luke 6:38 NKJV) "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

Results of compassion (love) are mercy, pity, grace, forgiveness, kindness, patience, truth, hope, endurance, humility, and everything good. Results of the lack of compassion are pride, selfishness, unforgiveness, impatience, deceit, envy, hate, and everything evil.

I believe that when we as the body of Christ will move into the realm of love through compassion we will become unified. (1 Peter 3:8 KJV) Finally, be all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. The Greek word for finally is telos, to set out for a definite point or goal, finally, uttermost. The Greek word for one mind is homophron, which means like-minded, harmonious, single minded. The Greek word for compassion one for another is sumpathes, having a fellow feeling, sympathetic, having compassion for one another. The Greek word for pity is eusplagchnos, which means well compassioned, sympathetic, pitiful, tenderhearted. The Greek word for courteous is thumble which means humble in spirit.

Here is my unofficial translation of this verse. (1 Peter 3:8 GBV) To summarize the goal, be united in harmony with compassion for one another, love as brothers, have pity with humility for each other. I believe compassion will take us into unity because, compassion is not self-seeking but seeks the good of others. If you see circumstances and situations of other people only in the view of how it affects you, that is selfish love. In compassion love you care more about the other person and how situations affect them. (Philippians 2:2-5 NKJV) fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. {3} Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. {4} Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. {5} Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

The Jonah Syndrome

How often does God put people across our path that we don't like? Ever wonder why? It could be a boss, a co-worker, a former friend, a neighbor, a family member, and even a brother or sister in Christ, or anyone else we feel animosity toward. The reason for these people entering your life is because God is conforming you to be the image of Christ, teaching you to love even your enemies so that you can be used by Him to be a vessel of compassion. Jesus told us in (Matthew 5:44-47 NKJV) "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, {45} "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. {46} "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? {47} "And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

If we don't love people who curse us, hate us, use us, and persecute us then we are no better than any non-Christian; if we hate or dislike anyone can we really claim to be children of God? God brings these people into our lives for our spiritual benefit and growth, and if we obey God it will be for the benefit of our enemies also. The Lord tells us how to love our enemies we are to bless them, which is speaking good things to them, we are to do good to them, and most important we are to pray for them. Doing these things will turn our hate into love and then God can send His compassion through us to them; touching them with the most powerful force in the universe, LOVE. Love always conquers hate as light conquers darkness. Our natural flesh response is to just get away from them, thinking then our life will be better well that is what Jonah thought.

The famous story of "Jonah and the Whale" told in the book of Jonah in the Bible tells of the Prophet Jonah's ordeal when God commanded him to go to Nineveh and preach the word from God to repent or be destroyed. Nineveh was the capitol of the Assyrian Empire, the Assyrian's were a heartless, cruel, and evil people; they were great enemies of Israel. Jonah did not want them to repent, Jonah did not want God to have mercy and compassion on such people so he fled in the opposite direction getting on board a ship to escape from doing God's will.

Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. Jonah said to the ship's crew, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea, and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you." Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. Then they cried to the LORD, "O LORD, please do not let us die for taking this man's life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O LORD, have done as you pleased." Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him.

But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights. From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: "In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD." And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you." Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city--a visit required three days to go through the whole city. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned."

The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh: "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish." When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.

But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, "O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live." But the LORD replied, "Have you any right to be angry?" Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.

But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live." But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?" "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die." But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"

Through this experience God was not just working on the people of Nineveh He was also teaching Jonah a lesson about true love and compassion. God wants us to be vessels of His compassion that He can use to reach a lost and hurting world. The people that we don't like are probably the people who are hurting the most on the inside, who are we to judge that they don't deserve the love of God to touch their hearts? Who are we to withhold good, and blessing, and our prayers for them; thus keeping the knowledge of God from them? The Christian life seems to be a series of lessons about how bad we can be and how great God's mercy and compassion is.

We must never forget that we are not in a war with people, we are in a war with Satan. The people that we consider enemies are just prisoners of war taken captive by Satan. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The power of God, which is the power of love, can turn an enemy into a best friend. Showing love to an enemy pleases God and proves that we have great spiritual maturity. (Proverbs 16:6-7 NKJV) In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. {7} When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

We must always remember that as citizens of heaven we are ambassadors sent to represent the kingdom, and our King, Jesus Christ. Only by compassion and love can we represent the God of love, the God of compassion. We show love even to our enemies by doing good to them. By blessing them, which is saying good things to them, and saying good things about them behind their back, speaking blessings and not cursing. (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. The most important way we show love is through prayer, this is where spiritual battles are fought and won. Doing all these things will cause the compassion of God to flow through our hearts as a river of life. It will change our enemies' life and even if they are not affected it will definitely change our life, which is God's plan anyway.

Don't try to avoid God's will for your life you will run into a storm. If it is your destiny to be conformed to the image of Jesus, you will be conformed whatever it takes. (Romans 8:28-29 NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. {29} For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Sometimes as Christians we develop a competition mentality with our brothers and sisters. So that we with hold doing good, blessing, and even praying for our brother or sister thinking they have been blessed enough, or what if God blesses them more than me, what about me? This shows spiritual immaturity because in God's kingdom the giver is always blessed more than the receiver is. Maybe your blessing is getting held up because God wants you to bless others so He can bless you. Also the people that we think are on top and "have arrived" are the ones who need our prayers the most, these people are on the front lines of the battle and we don't know what all they are going through, but we are commanded to pray for one another. This causes us to become unified, and we know that we are a part of their success or failure by what we say and pray.

Remember Jesus told us in (Matthew 5:44-47 NKJV) "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, {45} "that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. {46} "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? {47} "And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

When you are in compassionate love for someone when they hurt you feel their pain, and when something good happens to them you share their happiness. (Romans 12:15 KJV) Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Unity in compassion brings a sharing of suffering and sharing of rejoicing. When burdens are shared with each other it lessons the weight of the burden for each one. And when triumphs and successes are shared it keeps pride from forming because there is no competition in compassion and unity. To often people in churches are competitive and compare themselves to each other. That is because of pride, which is caused by a lack of compassion for one another. We need to realize that what happens to our brother and sister has happened to us, because if we are unified in loving compassion we are one.

In prosperous countries I believe Christians have a more difficult time sharing in rejoicing when good things happen to our brothers and sisters. Our first thought when we hear good news about people is sometimes, "but God what about me?" Instead of thank you Lord for blessing my brother or sister. If you had been praying in compassion for the one that was blessed then when you heard of their blessing you would have shared their joy. It could be that the reason you have not had the blessing yet is because of your pride that causes you to think that way. To covet is a sin because if you love someone you won't covet you will be happy and rejoice with them. It could also be because you are not foolish enough, or not weak enough, or you are to mighty and noble, or you are not base enough, or you are not despised enough. (1 Corinthians 1:25-29 NKJV) Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. {26} For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. {27} But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; {28} and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, {29} that no flesh should glory in His presence.

Jesus prayed for all who would believe in Him before He went to the cross. He prayed for us to become one with each other, with Him and the Father. He also said that the glory that was given to Him from the Father He has given to us. As I already showed the glory of God is compassionate love. Love is a unifying force; it is this compassion for each other and God that will bring about the unity of the Church, Christ body. (John 17:21-23 NKJV) "That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. {22} "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: {23} "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. When we learn to walk in the glory of this love and we all become united in one we will have attained perfection, holiness.

I believe that holiness is oneness with God, to be holy is to be one with God. Through the blood of Jesus Christ we are washed clean and made pure, by the Holy Spirit we are joined as one with our brothers and sisters into Christ to be made one with God. (1Corinthians 6:11 NKJV) But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Sanctified means to be made holy. When we walk in compassionate love, as vessels of compassion, we walk in the Spirit and we walk in holiness. (Ephesians 1:3-4 KJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: {4} According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

It is very good, pleasant, and refreshing when we are in unity with each other, it is a place of peace and security. (Psalms 133 KJV) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! {2} It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; {3} As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. The ointment that anointed Aaron represents the Holy Spirit; it sanctified Aaron to be able to perform his priestly duties. When we are in unity God commands His blessings to fall like dew upon us.

There is a spiritual law of unity that power is multiplied when people join together in unity. We know the principal that one can put a thousand to flight but two can put ten thousand to flight. The power grows exponentially by the number of people becoming unified. (Acts 4:31-33 NKJV) And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. {32} Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. {33} And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

The coming outpouring of the Holy Spirit will unite our hearts in one through compassionate love for one another. When this begins to happen we are going to see sings and wonders that will shake the world. Television is going to record great miracles that no one can deny and respect and fear will fall on the people who witness these things. I believe that what was done in the book of Acts was only a sample of things to come that was the former rain but the latter rain is about to fall. In Acts the buildings were shaken but in our generation we will see the earth shaken. (Acts 5:12 KJV) And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.


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