“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).
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Jobs. Health. Relationships. Finances. War. COVID. Family. There’s lots to be stressed about in life. Sometimes it’s so much that it can make us weary. But we don’t have to stay that way. God has compassion for us and He can turn our weariness into joy.
The psalmist writes, “Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous” (Psalms 112:4). Though we may experience dark days, God is full of compassion towards us and will bring us out of the darkness into his marvelous light.
Compassion, according to Strong’s concordance means to love, love deeply, have mercy, have tender affection. And God has all those things for us. Remember the Israelites? “But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, and did not stir up all His wrath” (Psalms 78:3). Just as with the children of Israel, God’s compassion towards us causes Him to forgive us of our sins. That’s cause for rejoicing.
Surely you can think of a time when you should have been or could have been swallowed up in your sin, but God’s love saved you from it. I know that I can. But God is full of compassion, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth (Psalms 86:15). And His love calls us to action.
The compassion He has for us, we’re to have for each other. “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8). Let’s be like the Lord and have compassion – love – for one another. His compassion for us causes Him to be forgiving of us, so let’s extend that compassion and forgiveness to each other. We’ll be happier and more joyful for it.
Thank God for his mercy and His compassion towards us!
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