“By this we have known the love of God, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But whoever has this world’s goods and sees his brother having need, and shuts up his bowels from him, how does the love of God dwell in him? My children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:16-18)
In his epistle, John the apostle of love defines in simple words what true love is. If you are Christian, a follower of Christ than what do you think the greatest thing to pursue and to learn about is? How to preach effectively and make the masses convert and repent? Or maybe take some courses on how to cast out devils and look spiritual and violent with the enemy? Maybe some courses on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the prophetic activations or how to be healed in 7 steps? Look my friend, I thank God for all these blessings that we have in Christ but a true Christian is someone who is totally aware of his high calling which is loving God and his neighbor! This is Jesus’ greatest commandment for you and me that we have to pursue with all of our strength to be like our master and not to go astray from the pathways of love.
In a parable Jesus told us about a man who was victimized by thieves (Luke 10:30) and was left half dead, we read that 3 men passed by him, a priest, a Levite and a Samaritan. The first two looked at him and left him but the Samaritan had compassion on this tortured man when he saw him and helped him with first aids but also went the extra mile, not only the extra mile he went all the miles with him until he was totally whole and fully recovered. This Good Samaritan had a heart full of love and not just a religious head and a hardened heart. The Greek meaning of the word compassion means “to be moved with” and this is what happened to the Samaritan, he didn’t just felt pity and said few touching words for the victimized man and the people around: “Oh I am sorry for you brother, you don’t deserve this, God protect you and heal you …” No! A spiritual man is someone who acts because faith without works is dead. If you pretend that the love of the Holy Spirit is poured out in your heart without manifesting it in actions, than you are a liar! Compassion is love in action and I call it COMPACTION!
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Tony Francis is from the Middle East. He is grounded in the scriptures and has a licensed degree in biblical studies from MTI, the school of ministry, and a certificate in EPL (effective personal leadership) from LMI. He has authored many books and is the founder of Healed Nations Ministries (www.healednations.com). Tony mentors people in the prophetic and served as the prophetic leader of Patricia King’s ministries. Tony is studying to be a mental health coach.
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