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“A compassionate open home is part of Christian responsibility, and should be practiced up to the level of capacity.”

Francis A. Schaeffer

 

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

John Bunyan

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“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

Brennan Manning 

 

“Christ literally walked in our shoes and entered into our affliction. Those who will not help others until they are destitute reveal that Christ’s love has not yet turned them into the sympathetic persons the gospel should make them.”

Timothy J. Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just
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“We instinctively tend to limit for whom we exert ourselves. We do it for people like us, and for people whom we like. Jesus will have none of that. By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need – regardless of race, politics, class, and religion – is your neighbour. Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbour, and you must love your neighbour.”

Timothy J. Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

“If you have money, power, and status today, it is due to the century and place in which you were born, to your talents and capacities and health, none of which you earned. In short, all your resources are in the end the gift of God.”

Timothy J. Keller,  Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

“A lack of generosity refuses to acknowledge that your assets are not really yours, but God’s.”

Timothy J. Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

“If a person has grasped the meaning of God’s grace in his heart, he will do justice. If he doesn’t live justly, then he may say with his lips that he is grateful for God’s grace, but in his heart, he is far from him. If he doesn’t care about the poor, it reveals that at best he doesn’t understand the grace he has experienced, and at worst he has not really encountered the saving mercy of God. Grace should make you just.”

Timothy J. Keller  Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

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“What is the definition of “love”? Jesus answered that by depicting a man meeting material, physical, and economic needs through deeds. Caring for people’s material and economic needs is not an option for Jesus. He refused to allow the law expert to limit the implications of this command to love.”

Timothy J. Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

 

“Those who will not help others until they are destitute reveal that Christ’s love has not yet turned them into the sympathetic persons the gospel should make them.”

Timothy J. Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

“The causes of poverty as put forth in the Bible are remarkably balanced. The Bible gives us a matrix of causes. One factor is oppression, which includes a judicial system weighted in favor of the powerful (Leviticus 19:15), or loans with excessive interest (Exodus 22:25-27), or unjustly low wages (Jeremiah 22:13; James 5:1-6). Ultimately, however, the prophets blame the rich when extremes of wealth and poverty in society appear (Amos 5:11-12; Ezekiel 22:29; Micah 2:2; Isaiah 5:8). As we have seen, a great deal of the Mosaic legislation was designed to keep the ordinary disparities between the wealthy and the poor from becoming aggravated and extreme. Therefore, whenever great disparities arose, the prophets assumed that to some degree it was the result of selfish individualism rather than concern with the common good.”  

― Timothy J. KellerGenerous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

 

“It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men.”


Thomas à Kempis The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language
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“[ … ]When we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope–and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances[….]”

John Newton

“His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings

“Suffering always reveal idols of the heart.”

James MacDonald, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God’s Changeless Truth

 

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“Afflictions are but the shadow of His wings.”

George MacDonald, The Curate of Glaston

 

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”

C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“The Lord’s mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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“The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

 

Tim Keller’s Quotes From a Sermon on Generous Justice

“If you are poor in spirit, what happens when you actually find an economically and materially poor person? See, if you are a spiritually poor in person because you understand the doctrine of justification by faith, what happens when you see a materially poor person? Are you going to say, ‘Hey, pull yourself up by the bootstraps!’If Jesus said that to you, you would be in hell.

Say you said, “Well, I don’t mind helping some of the poor, but only the deserving poor. I only want to help the poor that I feel like didn’t contribute to getting themselves into this mess. But if Jesus had looked over the lip of heaven and said, ‘I’m only going to give my blood to the deserving poor.’ He could have saved Himself a trip because there isn’t anybody like that down here.”

Keller on James 1:9-10 which says, “Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.  But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wildflower.”

“With Christians who have led a pretty good life, it’s saying [referring to James 1:9-10) would be good for you to dwell on your sinful condition. It would be good for you to dwell on how you deserve nothing. It would be good for you to dwell on that because out in the world, all you get is acclaim. This will help pull you down and give you a dose of reality. But if you are a poor person, it’s saying you ought to dwell on your high status. You ought to dwell on the fact that you are accepted; you are the child of the king. Because out in the world, all you get is disdain.”