Nothing is wasted

Last night was a great night.  I can’t give details about the TPM Recovery Resource Center or the NA Meetings housed at the church, but just take my word for it, last night was a great night and this has been a great week.

Another thing that made it a great night is someone shared with me what they have discovered about God.  The person told me that they spent their whole life memorizing Scripture and proclaiming Scripture to others, yet in the past year they realized something had been missing.  They said sometimes a person can need more than Scripture cited to them.  They said they had been missing compassion, and they learned that here at Wesley Chapel.  I consider that the ultimate act of and glory to God.

I always say that God’s Word must be spoken in love.  I believe that God’s Word, when not spoken in love, is heard as a lie.  (If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1)  For example, when we are in Haiti and tell someone that God will meet their needs, and because I have the resources to show them God’s provision, if I do not, I am a clanging cymbal.  James 2:16 says, “If you say to someone, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but do nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”  The love of Jesus compels us to love our neighbors, and it requires more than words.  It is the problem with hell fire and damnation sermons.  I am not saying a hell fire and damnation sermon cannot be spoken out of an attitude of love – I believe it can.  But they rarely are.  And when we just spout Scripture to people without love and compassion, it is not how God intended it.

The person told me that they had wasted all those years not having compassion.  I told them that nothing is wasted with God.  What would have been a waste is if they had never found the compassion.

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