Compassion is the emotion most frequently attributed to Jesus in the Gospels. But compassion is more than an emotion - it is a God-centered, God-inspired way of looking at the world. God commands us to love, so compassion is not an option!
"We should not try to serve people without a love for God. We must not try to serve God without a love for people," writes Joshua Mack. Using Jesus and Paul as our examples, Mack shows why compassion is central to our profession of faith and gives practical starting points for treating others as God desires.
Joshua Mack (M.A. in biblical counseling, The Master's College; M.Div., The Master's Seminary; D.Min., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor-teacher of Living Hope Church in Pretoria, South Africa, and Executive Director of 1Hope Ministries International. He and his wife Marda have five daughters as well as two boys and one girl in permanent foster care. He is the co-author of Courage and God's Solution to Life's Problems. You can read more of Joshua Mack's writings at joshnmarda.wordpress.com.
By the second page Compassion had become one of my very favorite books. I am deeply concerned about a spirit in the Church that values faithful expressions of truth above faithful expressions of care. Christians must come to understand that neither of these realities trumps the other, and Joshua Mack's excellent book helps us to learn the lesson.
"Writing as someone who God has taken to "compassion school, Josh Mack has given us an excellent primer on compassion. He roots compassion in the grace and enablement of the gospel, developing the necessary implication of being an object of mercy. Clear, concise, honest, practical - this is a 'must read'."