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  • Compassion in Action

    Welcome!

  • Competition first... Compassion only when necessary

    “Just as the eraser is only a very small part of this pencil and is used only when you make a mistake, so compassion is only called upon when things get out of hand. The main part of life is competition, only the eraser is compassion.” - Hubert Humphrey

  • Competition leads to...

    1. Categorization: “Us” and “Them”  

    2. Self-righteousness: I am better than “them”  

    3. Self-protection: I must protect what I have from “them”

  • “… whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

    Matt. 20:26b-28

  • “Becoming a servant is not an exception to Godhood. Self-emptying and humiliation are not a step away from God’s true nature. Becoming as we are and dying on a cross is not a temporary interruption of God’s own existence. Rather, in the emptied and humbled Christ we encounter God, we see who God really is, we come to know true divinity”

    - Henri Nouwen, “Compassion”

  • “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”

    Mark 8:34-35

  • “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like–minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

    Phil. 2:1-4

  • “.... If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

    Luke 6:27-31

  • “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2Cor. 5:17   “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

    Gal. 2:20   “For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.” Phil. 2:13

  • Competition focuses on our differences,

    Compassion on how we are alike

  • Phil. 2:5    In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:   Phil. 2:6    Who, being in very nature God,

    did not consider equality with God something

    to be used to his own advantage;

    Phil. 2:7 rather, he made himself nothing

    by taking the very nature of a servant,

    being made in human likeness.

      Phil. 2:8    And being found in appearance as a human being,

    he humbled himself

    by becoming obedient to death—

    even death on a cross!

  • “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22

    “Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs” Luke 2:49   “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34   “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matt. 26:39   “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Rom. 5: 19

  • “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Those who say, “I know him,” but do not do what he commands are liars, and the truth is not in them. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”

    1 John2:3-6

  • “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

    Eph. 2:8-10

  • “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

    Matt. 5:16

  • Obedience: Alert and Available

  • “Behold”: seeing with God’s eyes

  • “Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”

    - Father Gregory Boyle, “Tattoos on the Heart”