Having compassion on someone is entering into the emotional pain of their suffering. Having mercy on someone is putting compassion into action to alleviate their condition. As followers of Christ we are commanded to do something about the misery of people’s spirit, soul and body.
In the book, Just Courage, Gary Haugen contends, Doing the work of justice is practicing the one command that sums up all of the Scriptures: To love God with our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Justice is doing for others what we would want done for us...In a world of injustice, loving intervention on behalf of the oppressed is simple obedience to Jesus’ most fundamental command to love our neighbor. Jesus makes it clear that our neighbor is anyone in need (Luke 10).
So how can we make a difference in the lives of our neighbors? First, by determining that you will be like Christ in giving your life away to others. Second, by choosing to act. Third, by committing to a plan of action. Fourth, by following through.
Hidden Creek Community Church is committed to helping you live out your God-given purpose and calling by providing opportunities for you to respond to the Holy Spirit’s voice.