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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: A Compassion for the Brother
By Gale BROWN
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I would just want to see some compassion for the brother. Men more than any other are hurt because it takes them a while to understand that they really need God. But when they are hurt they leave the church.
In the book of Acts this played out so well between Barnabus and Paul. Barnabus and Paul were co-laborer in the ministry but on their second missionary trip; Barnabus want John Mark to go. Paul said no because John Mark had left them on the first missionary trip.
Paul was very focus man and took doing the things of God to heart. He also wanted to be surrounded by thoses who was about doing the Father business no matter the situation. In Paul's eyes, he saw John Mark as not being faithful to the call.
On the other hand, Barnabus had compassion for John Mark and wanted him to go. But Paul had no patience with John Mark. Paul and Barnabus went in different direction. They both did the work of the ministry but no longer together.
Barnabus was a compassion man and probably saw something in John Mark that Paul was not ready to train.
Many of our men need someone who is willing to take the time and teach them. We live in a microwave era and understanding that sometime you have to wait on the Lord is not a concept that we understand.
God is a compassionate and patience God. We are his children should we not also have compassion and patience with thoses that God has assign us to. When we do wrong; he is still there with His arms wide open to embrace us although we messed up. The church should show the way to love on the unlovable because at one time we ourselves were unlovable but He still love us.
So in closing be compassionate as Barnabas and take the time to teach men, women and children to be good disclipes so that they may disciple others.
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