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Permalink 03:17:45 pm, Categories: By Trent, GraceHead counseling, 790 words   English (US)

Frustrated human compassion

I am often asked questions. This question came to me today anonymously:

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." What does Jesus mean when He says this? The reason I ask is because unsaved people often take advantage of my Christian kindness to them and often wrong me; does this verse mean I should not waste my time befriending unsaved people or that it is a sin to do so?

Here is what I wrote in reply:

'Christian' humanismHuman compassion is masked pride. Put bluntly, one does not need to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God to be compassionate, so there is nothing intrinsically Christian about it. We can be sinfully compassionate, and we can be righteously compassionate once we have the Spirit of God within us. I hope to show you how you can start moving closer and closer to walking according to the Spirit and thereby enter a new kind of life that abounds in righteousness and is never frustrated when moved to compassion. It is so simple, I can be explained in a minute, but it takes a lifetime of discipline to make it an every-day occurrence. So, lets get right to it.

Romans 14:23
... everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Those with faith, can avoid sin ... and those without faith are doomed to a life of constant sin no matter how "good" or "compassionate" it appears to us. The reason they are constantly sinning, is because there is no faith to hear what the Lord says to them and then obey the call. Instead of listening for the call, a faithless approach is to look around with your eyes and try to perceive what others "need." So trained in this carnal activity are new Christians, that we are in the habit of abandoning the voice of the Shepherd to go our own way ... to do "whatever seems right in our own eyes." (Isa. 5:21, Proverbs 14:12)

Romans 8:4-5 (New American Standard Bible)
4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

As Christians, we have within us the same Eternal life that is in Jesus.(John 20:31, 1 John 5:12) We are His sheep, and we hear His voice. (John 10:16.) We have the Holy Spirit as a coach that comes inside of us and guides us about what we should do (John 16:7.) And by the spiritual faculties of new-birth we can listen and obey any specific call of the Spirit. This is "walking according to the Spirit," as Paul puts it ... or as it says in the Gospels "led by the Spirit."

God may call you to give all your worldly possessions to a person that is already dripping with gold, or that God may tell you to withhold all money when asked by an impoverished beggar. The KEY is to train yourself to listen and obey, without any predetermination upon the externally apparent "need." This means abandoning your perceptions and embracing only a walk of radical faith (Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11.)

Galatians 2:20
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

No matter how far you stray, the walk of faith is only a moment away, and can be entered at the speed of your thought, though you may not frequently do this at first. The idea of growth is not moving from faith to something other than faith, but by staying with faith ... and just increasing how often you walk according to the faith. We never improve our activity on our own, we are just depending more often, relying on God more frequently, and abiding more consistently.

I can see why the Lord has frustrated your human compassion. It is sin, worthy of deep repentance, and God would not permit it to be satisfying when He has something far better to give you ... a life of simple devotion to Him (2 Corinthians 11:1). You can become a living sacrifice ... and start heeding the call of the Lord Jesus, rather than impulsively heeding the perceived need.

Romans 12:1 "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship."

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Comment from: lois [Visitor]
Those who are in christ DO abide. It's not something we have to work harder and train harder to be doing. I understand what you are trying to teach, been there done that. Futility.
Permalink 06/27/06 @ 18:57
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
You make a fine point. We do abide, and working for something that you already have is the quickest way to loose the experience of what you have.
Glad you brought that up.

Still Ripening,
Permalink 06/27/06 @ 21:51
Comment from: caucazhin [Visitor]
Romans 2
14 (for when Gentiles that have not the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are the law unto themselves;
15 in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness therewith, and their thoughts one with another accusing or else excusing them);
16 in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in;
36 naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink?
38 And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 for I was hungry, and ye did not give me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink;
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least, ye did it not unto me.
46 And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.

Permalink 06/28/06 @ 15:32
Comment from: Len [Visitor] ·

Multiply the innocence on the face
of your favorite child
times infinity.

Surround it with darkness,
cruel jealousy and sin.

Now look to Golgotha: Behold
the face of the purest heart
ever beheld by angels or men,
bloodied and battered,
spat upon and cursed,
and crying . . .
"Father! forgive them...
Father! forgive them...

I offer my self
in their place,
for their soul.

Forgive them."


Cf. Isaiah 53. Psalms 22 and 88. Matthew 27:33-54.
Luke 23:32-44.
John 18:4-11; 19:29-37.
Permalink 07/05/06 @ 10:23

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