Barbara Higby

Compassion Undeserved

Let’s Talk about Grace, #4

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust (Ps. 103:13-14).

God’s compassion recognizes our humanity. He knows we falter and fail, we make promises we don’t keep, and we wander where we shouldn’t. He also knows how we are formed—and still, He shows us compassion.

Compassion is not only being conscious of others’ distress and being sympathetic, but includes a desire to alleviate their suffering. Jesus showed us how:

♦  He saw a large crowd and “had compassion” on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. He healed their sick and then fed more than 5000 people (Mark 6:34, Matt. 14:14).

♦  He “had compassion” on two blind men and touched their eyes, giving them sight (Matt. 20:34).

♦  “Filled with compassion,” Jesus reached out his hand and touched a leper to heal him (Mark 1:41-42).

He sees us—lost, sick, tired, hungry—and moves with compassion to find, heal, restore, and satisfy us.

In perhaps His best-known parable, Jesus tells of a father spotting his prodigal son coming home. The father was “filled with compassion” and ran to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20). What a poignant picture of our Heavenly Father’s compassion for us!

Thankfully, God’s kindness doesn’t dependent on our merit but comes from His heart, which is “full of compassion and mercy” (James 5:11).

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning… (Lam. 3:22-23)

Every morning. Compassion. Again.

How then, shall we live?

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion (Col. 3:12).

 

Please note, my web site will be dormant for a few days so I’m not sure it will be up next week. I will post the “E” of grace as soon as I’m able.
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