We can be aware of another’s suffering, but it is not truly compassion until we do something. Jesus said: “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”  (1 John 3: 18) 

My younger brother provided me with a poignant reminder of true compassion by the kindness he showed to a 19-year-old man, who was clearly destitute. The man was touched to tears after my brother showed him compassion. He took the young man shopping for some basic necessities, bought him dinner, and along the way gave him practical and spiritual encouragement. As he gave this down-and-out man his time and money—he was speaking the man’s language. Our physical resources are an amazing tool beause they are everyone’s common denominator and thus, we may use them to demonstrate God’s care in a way people understand.

Ahhh—time and moneythe Christian’s two most jealously guarded resources, right?!

They are beautiful tools of compassion—so what are we guarding them for? Our physical resources don’t forever unless what we purchase is eternal. Amazingly, we can simultaneously have earthly blessings and eternal blessings. Witnessing a person moved to tears by compassion is a priceless experience, but even more special is to see your sacrifice radically changed someone forever.  

My little brother epitomizes a real man—successful and bright, blessed with talent, and completely willing to sacrifice his time and money to show compassion for others. He inspires me today to remember that compassion is what I do, not just what I say. His life reminds me that the time and money God has given me is—to live love—not just talk about it.

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From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 1 available on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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