Nations and rulers send a million men,
In hopes of victory they might win.
Yet Christ had need for only a few,
Without sword and spear to make men new.
He needs not the weapons of man for war,
But only His love spread on distant shore.
To touch lives by the power of the cross,
Of broken men who have suffered loss.[/pullquote4]“Spend one day in adoration of your Lord, and never do anything that is wrong; follow this and you will live a happy life.”The world may shout, “Get all you can!” but Jesus said, “Give all you can”. For those who listen, Christ’s message of compassion has settled more conflicts, healed more pain, mended more hearts, saved more marriages and brought more back-sliders home to the Father’s house than all the soldiers armed with weapons of mass destruction.
I recently read an article about compassion that said, “Probably the best criterion for determining whether our confrontation is compassionate rather than offensive, and our anger righteous rather than self-righteous, is to ask ourselves if we too can be so confronted without getting angry.” When we can be confronted by a no from others, we will be more able to confront with a no. If all of us could learn to live a life with adoration for Christ, compassion and healing, then saying “no” to things that offend our sensibilities would become easier and healing and restoration would flow into our lives and those around us.
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose (Phil. 2:1-2).
Christ’s disciples . . .cherish another’s hopes. They are supportive of one another’s dreams and are compassionate to the needy.
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