Be Compassionate

Psalm 69:9-10
I have become an outcast to my kin, a stranger to my mother’s children. Because zeal for your house consumes me, I am scorned by those who scorn you.

Jesus became the “outcast”…the “scapegoat”…so that we could see what happens when we make someone the “rejected other” in the name of being “right” or more “worthy.” We are called to follow Jesus…to feed the hungry…clothe the naked…comfort those who are sick…visit those who are imprisoned…and to love our enemies. It’s a tall order! If you do this you will see wonders and will experience the kingdom of God breaking into the present. You will also discover your “true self.” But you will also experience scorn and you will likely be cast-out by others who love separating the world into those who are “in” and those who are “out.” (Those same people always define themselves as “in” of course!) Will you be able to respond to such scorn with a loving response, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do”…as Jesus did?

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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3 Responses to Be Compassionate

  1. Stephen The Revelator says:

    Thanks for posting. To answer your question I don’t think I could that is one of the reasons Jesus is so amazing and awesome. I may be able to forgive them in hindsight but not while they are hurting and killing me. It is for reasons like this we need to thank Jesus everyday for his sacrifices and being how amazing he is and of course thanking him for the love he gives us. Beautiful song. May God Bless You.

    • billtonnis says:

      Thank you for your comment. I agree it’s next to impossible to carry out all of what Jesus asks us to do…but I think we cannot simply give up. He calls us to follow Him and help make the kingdom of God truly “come” as we pray in the Lord’s Prayer. But we also have to allow God’s grace to fall on us (like the rain that falls on the just and unjust) because God is always pouring Grace over all.

    • billtonnis says:

      And thank you so much for following my blog!

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