Are your hearts tender and compassionate?


I was looking at this today.

Philippians 2  (NLT)

Have the Attitude of Christ

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God,[a]
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];
    he took the humble position of a slave[c]
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,[d]
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

It made me think is my heart tender and compassionate?

What is the mark of such a heart?

Being like Christ, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” 

I fail on this some of the time, other times I do ok, or at least I think I do.

Then I thought about our society, how does it do with this?

Do we as a society give up our privileges, or do we want to hold on to what we have?

Are we after more than equality? or are we happy with being a worker a slave?

Are you, am I a person who wants to impress others, who thinks they are more important than others? Or who only cares about there own interests.

I hope this is not true for any of you and also for me, however it can be seen in the world around us.

Gaza and Israel are prominent news at the moment, are both of them being humble, thinking of others, or are both groups of leaders only trying to impress and care about there own interests?

Jesus came so we could all have new life and He showed us how by thinking of others first and loving our enemy and neighbour as ourselves. Do I do You, does Israel and Hamas?

If we all lived like this do you think it would change the world?

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2 responses to “Are your hearts tender and compassionate?

  1. Brother Chris;
    Been making the rounds today and especially to sites it’s been a while since I have been too. My list of links to sites I support is growing so much as there are Brothers and Sisters out there with such awesome gifts in the Lord!
    You have exhorted on a lesson that is so dear and close to my heart and Brother, it is the Holy Spirit who is confirming the truth in what you are teaching. This is spot on.
    You know, so many people when you ask them about love and what is it’s opposite, you will hear the word hate or hatred and with what is going on in the world today as you pointed out, it would be easy to believe that, but the truth of the matter is something else you pointed out, its selfishness. The opposite of love is selfishness. True love, the Love that the Lord wants us to emulate, is unconditional, unselfish and total. That is the Love our Heavenly Father demonstrated with His Son, our Lord and Redeemer, Christ Jesus.
    The love the world believes in is the emotion, the NOUN and not the VERB. It’s the feeling. The world says I have to feel it to love. Hate is also an emotion, a feeling. But TRUE, Godly love is an action. The feeling can come after doing, but it isn’t true if the feeling comes first. The proof of true compassion, mercy and grace, the proof of real love is action requiring no reward, no notice, no reciprocation.
    Paul stated it in verses 3 and 4, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
    Brother Chris, it makes me HUMBLE to see that the Holy Spirit is directing others to correct this flaw, and to provide the truth of what real love and compassion is. This is what identified the early church and when you read the Scriptures and the writings of Josephus and other early scribes, you see that what identified this NEW “religion” was action!
    Great message brother and it’s good to read your posts again. I continue to pray for you and yours (as I do all on my links list) and encourage you to keep up the good fight of faith. Don’t ever be afraid to speak the truth as the Holy Spirit leads you and my prayer is that our Heavenly Father from whom all blessings flow, will bless you abundantly as you continue to serve Him and all of us who stop at your site.

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