“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” -Jude 20-23
“Every one of us can make a difference. We come into contact with people each and every day. Compassion is what we need to make a difference.” -excerpt from Dannie Wainright’s 11/15 sermon from Jude 20-23
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his deed.” -Proverbs 19:17
We are to give to the poor out of pity. Not to be seen and applauded, much less to get influence over them; but out of pure sympathy and compassion we must give them help.
We must not expect to get anything back from the poor, not even gratitude; but we should regard what we have done as a loan to the Lord. He undertakes the obligation, and, if we look to Him in the matter, we must not look to the second party. What an honor the Lord bestows upon us when He condescends to borrow of us! That merchant is greatly favored who has the Lord on his books. It would seem a pity to have such a name down for a paltry pittance; let us make it a heavy amount. The next needy man that comes this way, let us help him.
As for repayment, we can hardly think of it, and yet here is the Lord’s note of hand. Blessed be His name, His promise to pay is better than gold and silver. Are we running a little short through the depression of the times? We may venture humbly to present this bill at the bank of faith, Has any one of our readers [oppressed] the poor? Poor soul. May the Lord forgive him.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” -Luke 15:20
Love was greater than the stench. Love was greater than the sin.
Repentance brings joy to God!
[from 10.13.2013 Sunday Morning Sermon by Pastor Steve Wainright on Luke 15:11-32]
“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” -Psalm 103:13
“All the stories [of the Bible] are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves His children and comes to rescue them.”
[from The Jesus Storybook Bible, via their Twitter]