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Why compassion is the basis of true ministry- Poju Oyemade

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The devil has sought through the centuries to present God as an able God but not one who is willing to use that ability on our behalf. He has sought to push a theology that hides compassion as the motivating force in the miracles that God did and still does today. He seeks to present God as an able but reluctant person.

How will it look if you saw some children at the refuse dump seeking for food and you were later informed they are the kids of the richest man in that town. You would have to come to the conclusion that the rich man must be somewhat wicked for there to be such a disconnect between his ability and the condition of his children.

This is the picture satan wants to paint of God and destroy the concept of his fatherhood. He wants to cast God as all powerful but when you look at the condition of people who profess him as Lord, then the disconnect should tell you though he is able, he is not willing to lend his resources easily.

This leaves the impression of God as one we have to plead and pacify, cajole and beg before he will lend his power on our behalf.

Was this not the theology of the man afflicted with leprosy who said to Jesus I know you can if only you will, casting the impression that God’s ability is not in doubt however if you don’t get deliverance it’s because he may will that you live in pain and suffering while he rests in glory. Such a bad picture of a Father.

Luke 5:12-13

12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

This is why Jesus said in clear terms “I WILL” when he said “if thou will thou canst” He did not question the ability of Christ but his willingness to use that ability to help him.

Let this never be in doubt, no man ever came to Jesus on the basis of a need to be alleviated from some sort of suffering and returned empty handed. God showed himself as a compassionate God.

What was Jesus motivation for ministry? It was and is compassion i.e the desire to alleviate the suffering of humanity and still at the righthand of the Father he continues this ministry as a merciful (compassionate) and faithful high priest easily touched by the feelings of our infirmities.

Luke 7:12-14

“Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.”

Mark 5:19 “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

Mark 6:34 “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.”

Nothing provokes trust in the people towards God more than knowing He is loving and suffers with us as we go through things. A mother who sits by her suffering child experiences pain in her soul as the child screams in pain, so does God endure this feeling when we struggle.

We may teach and pray but if both are void of compassion for the people, if it is not stemming out of love in our hearts for others then we are just tinkling cymbals seeking promotion of our ideologies but not changed lives

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