Compassion Required


May Love be known…through our actions.

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


1 John 3:16-18

The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.


What good are words without action?

Simple beliefs are meaningless if they don’t translate into living a more loving and just life.

Jesus didn’t simply profess beliefs.

He demonstrated love by laying down his life while forgiving those who persecuted and killed him.

Laying down our lives for others entails setting aside our own desires.

This means our egos have to be put in check. But first…we have to be aware that our egos are many times in total control of our lives. Many people have no awareness of this.

That’s why Jesus could forgive his killers because “they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

We must step back and observe our minds at work.

When we are actually present to the present moment…we will be able to see what truly is.

We will be able to see the needs of the other.

Gaze for a moment upon Jesus hanging on the cross…while still extending unconditional love.

This is how much God loves you.

You do not have to earn it. It’s given.

Accept it…allow it to sink into your heart.

Then…you must pass it on to others…or what good is it?


Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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