Tag Archive | god’s compassion

Ephesians 2:12-13 “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”

In these Scriptures Paul is speaking to Gentile Christians…then and now.  For in this man-centered world we are cut-off from the promises of God…or as Paul wrote, “without hope and without God.”  But we have been brought near to God by the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ…who gave His life as a atonement so we may have the gift of eternal life.  God’s compassion was evident to fallen man when we read Isaiah 65:1 which says, “I revealed Myself to those who didn’t ask for Me; I was found by those who didn’t seek Me.”  We were once expelled from the dominion of God, banished and living in exile when Jesus came and paid the price…reconciling us back to God and destroying the barrier that sin had created.

Lamentations 3:31-32 ” For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.”

When it comes to our relationship with God, it’s man that proves to be the unfaithful party.  For God’s merciful kindness towards us is everlasting and forever.  In Isaiah 54:7 it says, “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.”  So when you’re going  through sorrow and you don’t feel God near…remember that His deep loving compassion for you can only but gather you back up in His arms.

II Corinthians 1:3-4 ” Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

When you’re going through the crushing weight of physical, mental, or spiritual distress, you’ll receive two kinds of compassion and consolation from people.  You’ll hear sympathetic, sensitive words from friends who really do care, but have never gone through what you’re experiencing.  But then there are the empathetic words of those who have lived through what you are currently enduring.  These wise words ring true with encouragement and reassurance that… Yes, God is still there and with His love and compassion you’ll make it through.

Psalm 86:11 ” Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.”

During the very darkest time of my life I would read  Psalm 86 in its entirety out loud every morning.  I was alone, isolated from friends and family, and in the middle of a very violent relationship.   I felt hopeless, helpless and totally alone.  As I read these words out loud, I could almost hear David reminding himself that the Lord was near.  And as he recalled all of God’s attributes…His great love, His mercy, compassion, and faithfulness, I too would be reminded of them and what God had done for me.  And in the end, just like David, this Psalm gave me the strength and courage to endure for one more day.

I Kings 3: 24-25 ” Then the King said, ‘Bring me a sword.’ So they brought a sword for the King. He then gave an order: ‘Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.’ “

What was King Solomon looking for when he gave such a bizarre and brutal order?  Before him were two prostitutes seeking justice…both claiming this baby was theirs.  On hearing his order, one agreed with it…while the other, filled with compassion for the child, said, “Please my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”   That was the visceral reaction King Solomon was looking for…and he gave the baby to that mother.  Our God has that same kind of deep compassion towards us.  For He looks upon us as a father looks upon his children…with mercy, tenderness and pity.

Lamentations 3:31-32 ” For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.”

In these verses, Jeremiah is looking over the utter destruction of Jerusalem…overwhelmed by the suffering of the people…and realizing it was because of their sin that God had  allowed it.  But Jeremiah also knew of God’s tremendous capacity for compassion towards His people.  For in Isaiah 54: 7-8 God says, ” For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.  In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you, says the Lord your Redeemer.”   Never underestimate God’s compassion to change any situation from dire to miraculous.

Lamentations 3: 22-23 ” Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

Even when we’re not thinking about Him, God is still thinking about us.  He is continually adding to and filling us with His loving kindness and mercy…even times when we don’t really deserve it.  And God’s steadfastness towards us often puts to shame the poor example of trust we have of Him.  For regardless of how often we’re mindful of Him…God is always thinking about us.