Compassionate Care

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“To follow Jesus is to be a wholemaker, essentially to love the world into new being and life.” – Ilia Delio

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Psalm 130:7

For with the LORD is mercy, with him is plenteous redemption.

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As I’ve said many times, Jesus told us that if we knew him then we would know God as well (John 14:7).

Jesus was the master of mercy.

He reached out in compassion to all those who were suffering.

And even to those who were so-called sinners, Jesus extended mercy.

Look at his interactions with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:2-11) and Zacchaeus who was described as “a chief tax collector” (Luke 19:1-10).

Jesus did not ostracize those who were guilty of wrongful behavior.

He engaged them.

He opened his heart to them.

Jesus did not condone their behavior, but neither did he condemn the person.

Jesus saw the beautiful spirit inside everyone.

He saw the child of God that they were.

As the scripture states at the end of the Zacchaeus story, Jesus came “to seek and save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).

This means that he wanted to restore those who were broken.

We are here on this earthly plain to love and to take part in the creative process that is the unfolding of what Jesus called the “kingdom of God.”

Jesus opened people’s hearts to seeing their belovedness in God.

There is no end to God’s love and therefore no end to our redemption.

Each of us needs to hear God’s words to Jesus as if they are to us: This is my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17).

Allow God’s love to transform your heart.

And then, as Thomas Merton famously put it in New Seeds of Contemplation: “We are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance.”

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Listen to the song of the day “Shall We Sing” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon 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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