Compassion Required

Faith without action is dead (James 2:17).

(Listen to my song “All Are One” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Luke 8:20-21

Jesus was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you.” He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”


Jesus wasn’t being rude to his family.

That was not his character.

This was another one of his teaching moments.

He was trying to make a point that simply hearing the word of God was not enough.

That’s just halfway.

After hearing the word…we must then take action.

Without action…what good is it?

You can hear the word of God day after day and you can believe in this or that…but what difference does that make?

What about carrying out the mission of Jesus?

What is that mission you ask?

Jesus made it quite clear in the synagogue in Nazareth when he read to all from a scroll of the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).

Jesus then sat down and from that teaching position…he told the people that the scripture passage was “fulfilled in your hearing.”

In other words…Isaiah was speaking about him and his mission.

As followers of Jesus…we also must respond to that mission.

We must work to unbind those who are unjustly bound and heal those who are afflicted.

We must “bring glad tidings to the poor.”


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

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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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