The Affection of Christ Jesus

What if the greatest release of miraculous works is not “great faith”, but true compassion (and mustard seed faith)? I’m convinced this is a significant revelation that the church must get a hold of. We talk about miracle workers and faith healers, which are both incredible, gracious ministries from the Lord to His church, but what if the reality of these ministries is more like “compassion healers” and “heart workers”? Paul said in Phil. 1:7, “I have you in my heart,” and then in v. 8, “God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” Paul is telling the Philippian Christians that his connection to them is deeply spiritual and centered in his heart, the deepest part of him. But that connection was not born out of comradery, friendship or acquaintance, it was birthed out of Christ’s own affection becoming Paul’s! King James translates v. 8, “For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.” The Greek term σπλάγχνα means the inward parts (heart, liver, lungs, etc.) but actually refers figuratively to the seat of the emotions, a profoundly emotional and experiential affection. Intellectualism just won't do! Christ’s love had so overwhelmed Paul that His affection was Paul’s very own; Paul was touched with Divine Compassion! This same Paul said in 2 Cor. 5:14, “For the love of Christ controls/compels/constrains us.” And in Gal. 4:19, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” Dare I say this very real and shared “affection of Christ Jesus” is birthed in us through the pains and sacrifice of daily crying out to God, daily meditating on His word, and daily living out our lives unto the worship and glory of Jesus Christ our God? In Jesus' own life and ministry, this affection manifested when He saw the need of a dead child. Luke 7:13 says, “When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her (σπλαγχνίζομαι from our same root word, splanxna, “bowels”)." When Jesus was moved with compassion, the dead were raised! Yes, you heard me right, even the dead were raised! Hallelujah! Jesus' compassion provided the context for life changing miracles, because all true compassion is miraculous love. So again I ask the question, What if the greatest release of miraculous works is not great faith, but true compassion? One of the greatest works that God can do for us is birth such compassion. I want to testify together with Paul that I share "the affection of Christ Jesus."

- Pastor Roy