THE WINNER IS                                                                       Andy Hollifield 5-23-18

Boldness without compassion will drive away the lost and compassion without truth is deceit. So which one is most important; compassion or boldness? In Luke 10:36 Jesus was asked, “What is the great commandment? In Verse 37-39 he replies “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  (38) This is the first and great commandment, (39)  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  Five times the scripture says, “Jesus was moved with compassion.”  Not with judgment, indignation, or anything else.  Boldness appears in scripture 10 times, bold 11 times, and compassion 41.  I believe the bible teaches us to be bold but to first be compassionate, seeing the need of those we are being bold to.  Only once did boldness overshadow Jesus’ compassion and that was when he ran the money changers out of the temple in Matthew 21.

Compassion is defined as “a feeling of deep sympathy for another’s misfortune combined with a desire to alleviate their suffering.”  Boldness is defined as “not hesitating or fearful in the face of real or possible danger.”  We must speak the truth with boldness but yet without the demonstration of the love of God and the desire to “alleviate suffering,”  it is just judgment and condemnation.  John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  Verse 18 goes on to say that “…he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed…”

“You draw more flies with honey than with vinegar” to quote an old saying.  A drunk don’t need to be told he is a drunk; he knows that already.  He needs to be told what they can do about it.  Christ first met the physical needs throughout his ministry and then the spiritual.  True compassion is the honey while unwarranted judgment is the vinegar.  As you go about your day, remember you too were once lost in your sins.  Someone was moved with compassion when they saw you and prayed and witnessed to you.   Jesus said in Mark 5:19, “…Go home to thy friends and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.   Be moved with compassion in boldness as Jesus was.  Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!



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