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9/9/16 at 07:12 AM 0 Comments

God’s Candidate is always Pro-Life

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There are many gifts spoken of in the Bible. Compassion (Oxford Dictionary) means sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. To be able to sense pain felt by others (especially when they are helpless, weak and not in a position to return your assistance) and to act in kindness to relieve that hurt is to have compassion. It is a mystery, and indeed a divine gift … how can you sense what you yourself do not suffer, or be gripped by a fervent cause that really may have nothing to do with you, but will make a positive difference for others and move the agenda of God forward and please Him.

Exodus_2:6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.

I searched the word of God and found “compassion” very rarely ascribed to persons but almost always to God, to Christ and the early Christians. It is very abnormal for a person to have compassion, indeed the heart of mankind without God is described as desperately wicked and always self-serving. The first and only instance I found of compassion ascribed to mankind in the Old Testament was in an Egyptian woman who saw baby Moses and was moved with pity. She knew that male Hebrew children were to die …and indeed many must have been drowned, killed or poisoned …yet God put this unique solitary gift in this woman. The result was that an entire nation was rescued as God found and preserved a man who would lead and do God’s plan. It is even more mysterious that God used an Egyptian woman to save the boy who God will later use to drown the armies of Egypt. Compassion can see a badly bruised reed and a hopeless smoking flax and yet be moved to preserve it from extinction. Compassion can see that which was meant and perhaps even deserves to die and be moved to give it another chance.

Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Compassion makes a huge difference … without compassion there would have been no Moses. Christ was moved by compassion to heal many, changing lives forever … it was compassion that caused the early Christians to be united in making great rare personal sacrifices in sharing and living the gospel, causing the gospel to spread across continents without technology, funds and media. It is compassion, not success, that makes evangelism enjoyable and missions a delight. Compassion is very different from ambition.

Hebrews 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

Compassion can make the darkest places bearable and without it, the most civilised and enlightened communities can be as hateful as the pit of hell.

Christ did not speak much on rules, legislation, rights or even institutions … he was silent on government forms and workers privileges … but focused on the heart. He knew that all human problems are fundamentally “heart” problems not principally legislative challenges. Nothing has been ever solved by more government and bad hearts make the best governance puerile. It seems that even in the very worst and darkest of systems, with a Christ-like heart, we will interpret rules differently and with a kindness that make us glow as the light of the world and bring a new flavour as salt of the earth. But with a heart of stone, even with the most humane and efficient institutions, all that will emerge from "good" laws and systems is a thinly disguised cruelty.

Compassion in the heart goes very far to provoke change in entire nations … where no compassion can be found, God cannot work … He must first send compassion.

You can ban and decree for example against slavery and oppression, give people more rights and freedoms but bad and selfish hearts will create much worse labour conditions in the modern market place. All the clamour and offer of more rights without compassion will be the “tender mercies of the wicked”.

So how do you know the wicked? The wicked are known by their attitude to life - even the life of their beastly animals talk less of human babies. A righteous man is pro-life. Can this be plainer and how do I know?

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Who is God’s candidate? He or she is the one that is after God’s heart. The one who has found favour with God. It is important to note that Moses is never said to have compassion, but there would have been no Moses without this much unsung Egyptian woman. Moses was God’s man, only because of the difference made by compassion in an Egyptian woman. We can only marvel at God’s strange ways … God who will not share His glory with any man or woman. God’s candidate is the one who has been favoured by God. I apologise if that does not appeal to your sense of fairness, merit, justice or judgment. God’s candidate is the target and vehicle of God’s compassion. God is not your tool to please you or satisfy your many wants. God’s candidate in any scenario is the one who will do what God wants – whether we desire it or must simply bear or adjust to it.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

1Jn_3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

In summary, the Egyptian woman, filled with compassion, who rescued Baby Moses from death is a type of Christ, God’s main man and our only salvation from eternal destruction. God’s candidate is always pro-life.

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