Compassionate Acts – The Foretaste of Christ

 “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
   Rev. 21:3-4

We are the temples of God – the visible workings of Christ’s love on earth. When we minister in acts of mercy and compassion towards others, we bring a foretaste of God’s kingdom to earth as we help, “wipe every tear from their eyes.”  For many, our acts may be the first foretaste of God’s love that they have seen. We cannot heal a persons heart, or take away their pain, but we can provide a foretaste of the love of God by being the vessel to help them.
                     
We have been shown infinite, unmeasurable, grace and mercy. Grace is so often explained or defined as, “unmerited favor.” When we are helping others in need, we should be showing them the same favor – the same grace, that God has bestowed upon us. We help for the sake of love and only love, without any preconceived notions as to what the end result should be. We stand in the gap for just a moment, taking upon their pain if they will let us, to bear a burden with them. We give them a foretaste of what the love of God is like.

Luke 24:19 says of Jesus, “He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. ”  Jesus was dynamic in work, and as a result was not only blessed by God, but by others! He did not only speak the word – but mostly he acted in love. He touched blind eyes, he fed the hungry, healed the lepers, raised the dead, lifted the cripple, ministered to the hated, freed the oppressed, all without expectations.

Maybe by helping others, they will begin to, “taste and see that the Lord is good.” 

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