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The Doctrine of Compassion. Part 3. “What kind of neighbor am I.”.

Friday, November 5, 2004

The Doctrine of Compassion
Point 1. Definition.

Point 2. The Lord is compassionate toward His people and expects them to be compassionate toward others,1KI 8:50.

Point 3. The Lord sends messengers in the Church-age, pastor-teachers, to warn, reprove, correct and rebuke His people because He has compassion,
2CH 36:15; MAT 9:35-39.

Point 4. Compassion motivates forgiveness from God; PSA 78:38.

Point 5. Lack of Compassion Toward Others Brings on Divine Discipline from God, 2Sa 12.

Point 6. Compassion serves as a motivation for the production of divine good.

a. Compassion serves as a motivation for healing to take place in the lives of others, MAT 14:13-14, LUK 15:20.

LUK 15:20 “And he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.”

b. Compassion motivated our Lord to help take care of the logistical needs of others, MAT 15:32.
c. Compassion motivates identification with those who have lost loved ones, LUK 7:13.

d. Compassion motivates forgiveness toward others –
MAT 18:27 “And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.”
e. Compassion motivates the believer to perform divine good,
LUK 10:30-37, the Good Samaritan.

HEB 5:2 “He will have compassion with the ignorant and misguided,”

1PE 3:8 To sum up, let all be harmonious, compassionate, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

ZEC 7:9 Thus has the Lord of hosts said, “Dispense true justice, and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother;”

DEU 32:36 “For the Lord will vindicate His people, And will have compassion on His servants; When He sees that their strength is gone, And there is none remaining, bond or free.”

When there is absolutely nothing you can do about a situation, and all your strength is gone, make room for divine compassion.

ISA 49:15 Can a woman forget her nursing child, And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.

PSA 119:77 May Thy compassion come to me that I may live, For Thy law is my delight.

The Lord is waiting to be compassionate toward us, ISA 30:18.

Our attitude even toward the wicked and unrighteous must be one of compassion, ISA 55:7.

LAM 3:32 for if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness.

MAT 9:13 But go and learn what {this} means, “I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,” for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

MAT 12:7 But if you had known what this means, “I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice,” you would not have condemned the innocent.

Point 7. There is a Pseudo-Compassion.

Pseudo-compassion is a system or weapon for the manipulation of people.

Those who have power lust will use pseudo-compassion as a system of propaganda, a system of manipulation, a system of making you feel guilty, so that you will make irrational decisions under emotional sinning.

Pseudo-compassion is a system of manipulation through the use of conspiracy as in revolution,
Pseudo-compassion is a system of manipulation through the function of human good as in activism,

Pseudo-compassion is a system of manipulation through the creation of guilt as a weapon of manipulation in socialism,
Pseudo-compassion is a system of manipulation through the function of political power to achieve political objectives which are contrary to the principles of freedom.

Absalom used the hypocrisy of “concern for others” as a system of manipulation to forge the weapon of revolution out of the people.

Absalom used pseudo-compassion as the facade of concern for the people to manipulate the people into a weapon for revolution, so that the power of the greatest king in Jewish history would be set aside for the evil of revolution.

Promises are no greater than the integrity of the person who makes them.

In their malcontent status of self-absorption (the third arrogance skill) they were vulnerable to the hypocrisy of pseudo-compassion.

Misuse of compassion describes the victims of pseudo-compassion, those on a guilt trip, who are sucked into the propaganda of pseudo compassion,
2SA 15:5-6.

Absalom used his friendly manner, his pseudo-compassion, and his stimulating personality to undermine his father’s authority as king and to manipulate the people into misuse of compassion.

To enlist support for his revolution against his father, Absalom must give personal attention to mal-contented people and set the facade of pseudo-compassion.

The mal-contented person is preoccupied with his grievances, consequently, preoccupied with himself.

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