Cultivate Compassion


One small act of mercy can make a HUGE difference.

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE)


Matthew 13:31-32

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'”


Jesus often taught his followers about the “kingdom of heaven” or alternately the “kingdom of God” as being on the verge of the here and now.

It was a state of being…not a static place.

This “kingdom” was breaking into the present whenever love and compassion were being practiced. It was like a tiny seed planted in a field…seemingly of little significance…but secretly sprouting and growing.

One day that tiny seed would become a “large bush.” Notice that it would not become a giant tree. It would not wow the world…but it would be of comfort to the “birds of the sky” which would find rest in its branches.

This kingdom would hardly be noticed by the rich and powerful…but would provide relief to those in need.

Jesus went about cultivating God’s kingdom…not one of military power and prestige but one of love, mercy and forgiveness.

Each of us is called to plant such seeds of compassion in our daily lives.

What will sprout we do not know…but it will be of Divine significance.


Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!


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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