The compassion essential for healing

Jesus' commands to "heal the sick" and "love thy neighbour" can't be separated.

A Man I know never lets a day go by without expressing kindness to at least one person. Once when he telephoned to thank me for something I had done, I protested that he shouldn't have gone to the trouble to call. "Oh, but we have to do these things!" he added quickly.

Many people might agree with my friend. They might feel that while there are things we can put off doing till another day, being loving to our fellowman should not be one of them.

Leading unselfish and compassionate lives is vastly more than a nice idea, however. It is what God impels, as His Son, our Way-shower, makes abundantly clear in his teachings. For instance, the thirteenth chapter of John contains these words of Christ Jesus: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." And in the very next sentence in this same chapter of the New Testament, the Master points out the way by which the world will be able to tell that we are Christians: "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:34, 35.

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Seen and heard!
June 26, 1989

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