July 28th, 2016
Unconditional love and Compassion for Others is of God
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. (Matthew 25:42-45 KJV)
The unconditional love and compassion for others, as shown by Jesus Christ, only comes through personally knowing God. There is a “pseudo empathy” at work in unregenerate mankind which has a mild “flavor” or “similarity” to the fruit of The Spirit. However, any essence of godliness similarly manufactured in this world always falls woefully short of a godly essence radiating outward from the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of His own.
Unregenerate or godless people have little or no real eternal compassion for the needs, either spiritual or physical in nature, of others. Their viewpoint is centered on the here and now rather than upon an eternal God. Any care and concern towards others is manufactured in this world. It is good and moral but not bestowed out of an eternal heart and mindset directed by God.
This particular verse is written in the context to the treatment of God’s chosen people. It is applicable to all children of God, both the Jews and the Gentiles (or non-Jews) today.
How man chooses to treat others is an indicator of the worth, or lack thereof, God holds in his heart. People who regard God and His standards as ultimate also uphold a high regard for the care and concern of others.