How important is it to know God? Your life depends on it. Jesus says in (John 17:3 NKJV) "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. Our life is hidden in Christ and is revealed to us through knowing Him.

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How important is it to know God? Your life depends on it. Jesus says in (John 17:3 NKJV) "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. Our life is hidden in Christ and is revealed to us through knowing Him. (Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV) If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. {2} Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. {3} For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. {4} When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

The reason that God desires that we know Him is because He wants us to love Him. (Mark 12:30 NKJV) 'And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. The more we come to know God, the more we come to know love, because God is Love. The more realization and awareness we have of God's love for us the more we will love Him. (1 John 4:19 NKJV) We love Him because He first loved us.

Moses asked to see God's glory, The Lord said I will cause my goodness to pass before you. (Exodus 34:5-7 NIV) Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. {6} And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, {7} maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; The first thing that God revealed about His character is He is compassionate. The Hebrew word used here means to be full of Compassion. God is full of compassion; God is love, the Love that God is we would call compassion. All the other characteristics of God mentioned are results of compassion.

God forgives wickedness, rebellion, and sin, but the guilty that are punished are those that are full of pride whom reject God's compassion, mercy and forgiveness. The guilty do not accept Jesus Christ and the awesome price that Jesus paid on the cross for their sins. They choose to make themselves god, thus rejecting the God of love and instead serving the god of hate and selfishness.

(Jeremiah 9:23-24 NKJV) Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; {24} But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD. These are the things that God enjoys. The word judgement here can be good judgement or bad judgement. God is the great equalizer He humbles the proud and exalts the humble. Being fair and just is a part of being compassionate. (1 Samuel 2:6-8 NIV) "The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. {7} The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. {8} He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. "For the foundations of the earth are the Lord's; upon them he has set the world. (James 4:6 NKJV) But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."

Exercising compassion is a key to knowing God. (Jeremiah 22:15-16 NLT) "But a beautiful palace does not make a great king! Why did your father, Josiah, reign so long? Because he was just and right in all his dealings. That is why God blessed him. {16} He made sure that justice and help were given to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn't that what it means to know me?" asks the LORD.

When you exercise actions of compassion toward people in need something wonderful happens. You begin to experience the love of God flow through you toward the person that you are helping. We think of it as an emotion called compassion, but it is not a human emotion it is the awesome presence of God's Holy Spirit. It is true love, God love. It is a love that meets all of the definitions of love in the Bible. It takes you into the deepest presence of God that a person can experience. It is knowing God in an intimate way by experiencing His love. This revelation of knowing God's love causes you to love Him in the deepest part of your being. Expressing God's love to people is expressing love to God; It is worshiping God in Spirit and Truth. (Matthew 18:5 NKJV) "Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. (Matthew 25:37-40 NIV) "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? {38} When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? {39} When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' {40} "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Compassion is not a human emotion it is the awesome presence of God, it is knowing God, it is experiencing God, it is experiencing Love. (1 John 4:7-8 NKJV) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. {8} He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. When you walk in compassion you walk in the Spirit, compassion bears all of the fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. {24} And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. {25} If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Compassion is totally unselfish, you love the person you are giving to and you don't care if they give anything back to you. Compassion is it's own reward, the presence of God.

There are so many things to know about God but the most important thing is God is full of compassion, God is Love. Everything else in all of creation can be explained by this knowledge. God loves to exercise compassion so He has created a universe that needs His compassion desperately. (Romans 11:32 NIV) For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy (compassion) on them all.

The scene of the cross was a setup for the ultimate demonstration of God's compassion for you. (1 John 4:9 NKJV) In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. (John 15:9-13 NKJV) "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. {10} "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. {11} "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. {12} "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. {13} "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

When we obey the commandments to love, and we give help to those in need in Jesus name, then we experience the most awesome joy. Compassion (love) causes us to be filled with joy and running over, because compassion is the presence of God. (Psalms 16:11 NKJV) You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 140:12-13 NKJV) I know that the LORD will maintain The cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor. {13} Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence.

True love in the form of compassion always demands actions of compassion. (1 John 3:17-19 NIV) If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? {18} Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. {19} This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence.

Remember King Josiah (Jeremiah 22:15-16 NLT) "But a beautiful palace does not make a great king! Why did your father, Josiah, reign so long? Because he was just and right in all his dealings. That is why God blessed him. {16} He made sure that justice and help were given to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn't that what it means to know me?" asks the LORD.

If you do these actions of compassion in Jesus name you will experience the presence of God in an intimate way; you will come to know Him. (Isaiah 58:6-12 NIV) "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? {7} Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? {8} Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. {9} Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, {10} and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. {11} The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. {12} Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

(Micah 6:8 NIV) He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Jesus says in (Matthew 9:13 NKJV) "But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy (compassion) and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." God wants us to obey His commands to Love by actions of compassion. Actions of compassion express love and cause the love of God to flow through us touching the people we help. This is the highest form of worship, worship in Spirit and Truth, and always causes the presence of God to be manifest and felt in the givers life. When we do it unto the least, we are doing it unto Jesus. And when we receive one little child in Jesus name, we are doing it unto Jesus, we are receiving Jesus.

He made sure that justice and help were given to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn't that what it means to know me?" asks the LORD.


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