Yesterday, I posted about having some ideas for future books to write. Here’s my first idea:
There’s a big compassion wave moving over the church. Many churches are looking for ways to be more compassionate to their cities and to the world. Some of what’s going on is great. Some of what’s going on isn’t so great. The buzzword for this has been “missional.” Some have confused “missional living” with simply showing compassion to people and providing for their physical, mental, or emotional needs. Here’s a novel idea: if we want to know what real compassion is about, why don’t we look to Jesus? In fact, He’s the only person we can really look to for a true understanding of what it means to have compassion… because the word for “have compassion” (which literally means “gut-wrenching”) is only used of or by Jesus in the New Testament. Therefore, if we want to know what compassion looks like, we must look to Jesus.
This book would examine the instances in the New Testament where the term “have compassion” is used, what those instances teach us about compassion, and how we can develop a true Christ-like compassion.
Tomorrow, I’ll reveal the other idea I have for a new book…