True Compassion Is Brotherly Love
True compassion isn't pity or sympathy.
COM (together; with) + PASSION (strong love) = BROTHERLY LOVE.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:11-13
When I forsook all and travelled around Australia with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible, I sometimes slept under bridges and in homeless shelters. Sometimes I'd go without food for days and I called this 'forced fasting'. I also, though not often, slept in mansions and ate at the best restaurants, because I shared my experiences with passion and people would offer for me to stay with them, because they shared my passion for God and wanted to hear from my experience.
You can sit in your foxhole (comfort zone), religiously attend the halfway house (church), sitting in the pews, reading the Bible like a schoolbook, reciting scriptures like a parrot and listening to the teacher up the front, but there's no better teacher than experience and there's no better experience than when you forsake all and WALK the narrow path.
I don't want your pity or sympathy and the homeless people I've known don't want it either. If anything, I feel sorry for you, because you're too blinded, deceived, governed and ruled by the instinctual, egocentric nature of your flesh and your character is too marked by its characteristic pride, vanity, envy, selfishness, ambition, lust, greed, desire for creature comforts and fear for survival, you'll never experience the presence of God's divine nature of absolute, undying, true love and true love's characteristic, majestic virtuousness, in absolute, supernatural power and glory, that fills you with absolute, rapturous joy and heavenly bliss, that's worth far more than money can buy.
People don't really want pity, they want you to show them love. How do you show love? From it's characteristics (fruits) of ABSOLUTE assertiveness (boldness), caring, charity, cleanliness, commitment, compassion, confidence, consideration, cooperation, courage, courtesy, creativity, detachment, determination, dignity, diligence, empathy, enthusiasm, excellence, faithfulness, flexibility, forgiveness, friendliness, generosity, gentleness, gracefulness, graciousness, helpfulness, holiness, honesty, honour, humility, idealism, integrity, joyfulness, justice, kindness, loyalty, moderation, modesty, nobility, orderliness, patience, peacefulness, perseverance, purposefulness, reliability, respect, responsibility, self-discipline, service, tact, thankfulness, tolerance, trust, trustworthiness, truthfulness, understanding, unity and wisdom (common sense).
The true way of life in Heaven, is one in which everyone lives for love, with all their heart, mind, body and soul (absolutely), according to true love's absolute holiness, peacefulness, gracefulness and graciousness, with absolute equanimity, humility, cooperativeness and joy, without a care in the world and like a little child-at-heart, though far from childish, and it's a mighty great shame for you, you're so full of yourself and blinded by pride and vanity, etc., you instinctively and egocentrically resisted, ignored and turned away from the invitation God gave me to deliver, to come out of the world altogether and all together and do just that, and as in the days of Noah, have 'missed the boat'. If you haven't received this invitation before, God knows you won't act on it, like everyone else in all the years I've been delivering it in the halfway house (church) and on social media, who are blinded, deceived, governed and ruled by the beast of their flesh (ego) and its characteristic pride, vanity, envy, selfish ambition, lust, greed, desire for creature comforts and fear for survival, who can't help themselves and instinctively and egocentrically resist and turn away, and this is simply the fulfillment of scripture.
Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.' "Luke 14:16-24
Virtue of the Week
Characteristic of the lamb
Service is cooperating with others and making a difference in their lives. You consider their needs as important as your own. Be helpful without waiting to be asked. Do every job with excellence. When you act with a spirit of service, you can change the world.
But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.Luke 22:26