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Compassion in Action March 18, 2018

Words of compassion do not secure salvation, but they do confirm that we belong to Christ and the kingdom of God. Jesus asks us how we have cared for the hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, and imprisoned in Matthew 25:31-45. It is about how we respond to His gospel, not what we do or do not do in our life--but if we follow Jesus. If we love God, it is inevitable that we will love His people.

The apostle James said, "pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:27, NASB). To love others is compassion in action--not only family and frields, but people who are suffering, marginalized, and oppressed. In fact, the theological concept of holistic ministry is that when we care for others who are in need, we are actually caring for our Savior Jesus Christ.

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When describing a pivotal moment in the life of Jesus with his disciples the bible says that Jesus “showed them the full extent of his love” (John 13:1 NIV).

How did Jesus show the disciples just how far his love would go? By taking off his outer garment, wrapping a towel around his waist and going from disciple to disciple—washing their feet.

The ultimate demonstration of love is to serve.

Setting aside our own agendas, in service we live out our commitment to the well being of others, often to our own discomfort.

Life often deals a painful blow to our fellow citizens of this world. It may leave a community without clean water, a child without access to education or it may convince a mother who struggles to provide for her children that there are no good options.

Every day the Spirit of God motivates people to act in selflessness and self sacrifice to change the world that others face from a place of hopelessness to one of hope.

Seventh-day Adventists believe that the admonition to love God with all of your mind, heart and soul naturally leads to the commitment to loving your neighbor through acts of kindness and service.

You are invited to discover some of the ways we try to change the world. More than that you are invited to join us and discover how God wants to change the world through you.