Loving like Jesus did

by Pastor Tom Albrecht

Compassion ... it is not a passive word. Compassion moves us to make a difference. Simply put, compassion is love in action – God’s love pouring out of us to others. When it comes to "re-presenting" Jesus to our world, it is the mandate of the Master that we, his disciples, function in no less power than he did – and that power is fueled by active love – true, real, living, breathing compassion.  

This God kind of love needs to be the defining character of our lives as it was Jesus’. The signs, wonders and healings that accompanied Jesus' ministry were not just about power but the love he had for a hurting humanity. Compassion was the heartbeat of Jesus’ ministry. Before Jesus worked miracles, he was moved with compassion (Matthew 9:36, Matthew 14:14, Luke 7:13).

So how does this Christ-like love become a part of who we are? Jesus said he would send the promise of the Father, the precious Holy Spirit, to empower us to do the works of Christ. “Most assuredly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these will he do; because I am going to my Father” (John 14:12 HNV). 

Everything God does is motivated by love ... a love that goes beyond anything we can understand with our natural, human mind. God so loved the world that He "gave" his only begotten son. It all started with love – true love that gives.

"The signs, wonders and healings that accompanied Jesus' ministry were not just about power but the love he had for a hurting humanity."

 

Jesus came and gave himself for our salvation but he also gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit. It’s through the Holy Spirit that we can live the life of love God has called each and every one of us to live. Along with this active love – God’s love in us and through us – the Holy Spirit gave us spiritual gifts. These are gifts and abilities that are beyond any natural gifting we may have. 

The emphasis of the Apostle Paul on this subject of spiritual gifts was that there is a necessity of the manifestations of God's supernatural power through his followers. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given that "all may profit" from the demonstration of Gods presence and power. These supernatural gifts are founded and grounded in the Fathers great love and compassion for meeting the needs of mankind. Each and every spiritual gift works only on the foundation of this God kind of love.

The Apostle Paul's love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13 was not to invalidate the operation or manifestation of Spiritual gifts in lieu of love, but rather to show any gift – no matter how noble it would be – a worthless superficial "show" unless it was motivated by passionate redemptive love. There is no competition between the Fruit of the Spirit "love" and the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit. Galatians 5:6 states that even faith "works through love." 

My point? The greater the compassion – love in action – the greater the potential for the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the working of miracles. With Christ’s love permeating all of who we are, we can truly live the life we are called to live; doing the same and even greater works (John 14:12).