A Season of Compassion

A Season of Compassion

Mat 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

 

Scripture is filled with commands and exhortations on how a Christian ought to behave, how one should go about, discharging their Christian faith and yet, no calling seems to be of greater consequence than the command to love one’s neighbor.  So lofty is the command to love our neighbor that Christ gave its condition as second only to loving God, Himself (Mark 12:31).  Is it not true that all other commands from our Lord are borne from these simple, yet profound, charges? And yet so often the earthly mind asks (in practice, not in voice or thought), “who is my neighbor?” This question, possibly one of the most (in)famous in all of Scripture, is asked by those who wish to subvert both the letter and spirit of the law of love rather than uphold them.  By our very workings of inaction or partiality we deny the Word of God its rightful place as authoritative in our lives.  We, however, have been left with little question as to who should receive our compassion, or who our ‘neighbor’ really is.  Luke 6:27 says “…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” and Matthew 25:40 declares our brother shall be our beneficiary.  There is, then, none who we might be left to consider not a neighbor.

As we receive adjuration, as we find need and hear heartfelt plea, let us not tune a deaf ear, but practically fulfill the gospel of love; let us step forward ready to meet the needs presented to us.  Compassion, unlike the season of Christmas, should be a season of life which never ends.

 

You are the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is holy. Isaiah 57:15