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Compassion as the voice of Healing
Of all the teachings about the gifts of the Spirit that I have assembled, I believe this is the most significant. If we can grasp and receive these truths into our hearts, then I believe we will take a major step toward the full restoration of the Gifts of the Spirit and the Ministries of the Lord. The basic truth in this study is so simple, that we have missed it. It is the role of compassion in the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit and as the driving force behind the ministries of the body of Christ.
Look at these descriptions of Jesus during His ministering:
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them • and saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them • he came forth and saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them • when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her • When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled (Greek = troubled himself)
For now, just see the link between the seeing (or perceiving) of need and the resultant moving of compassion. Jesus SAW the needs. He SAW sickness, the hungry, the poor, the lost condition. We understand that the physical action "seeing" needs was not the significant action here.
It was the perceiving of the needs, and beyond that, the empathy with that need.
It was the loving spirit of the Christ that empathized with the needs of those hurting, lost people, and actually hurting with and for them.
Let us look at an instance of this working in the life and ministry of Jesus.
What was it in this instance that initiated the teaching ministry of Jesus.
1. Jesus saw the multitude.
The teaching was the result of the perception of the need. Notice what happened. In this instance, it does not say He healed, or cast out demons. The gift manifested was the gift needed to minister to the need perceived! The need was for a shepherd to teach them. The Spirit manifested the gift in accordance to the perceived need. It was the need perceived which initiated the manifestation!
Let us look at one of the more spectacular gifts.
Once again, what initiated this miracle?
• 1. Jesus saw the multitude.
• 2. He saw they were hungry, and in danger of fainting.
• 3. He had compassion.
• 4. He fed the multitude with a few loaves and fishes.
I do not want to make this to simplistic. Of course there was faith exercise here. But it was faith that was energized by love.
As you prepare to minister healing to the sick, keep this principle in mind. Allow your heart to be moved, and act upon that move. Speak out from that compassion. Allow the words you speak while ministering to originate from that move in your spirit. Lay on hands, and pray in faith according to the promises of the scriptures. Speak the ministering words from out of the love and compassion of your heart.
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