Archive for the ‘Compassion’ Category


Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Day 255

“I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”
Exodus 33:19

An extraordinary characteristic of God our Father is His mercy. God is sovereign and in His sovereignty, He chooses according to the pleasure of His will. We, as his children, are not the only ones to receive His blessings and mercy. He pays the workers hired at the 11th hour the same as those who worked all day [Matthew 20:1-16]. He gives sunlight to everyone, regardless: the evil and good, and sends rain on the just and unjust [Matthew 5:45]. He even has mercy on those who commit murder.

Cain belonged to the evil one and his actions were evil and unacceptable to God. When he and his brother brought their sacrifices to God, Cain’s was rejected. Jealousy rose up in his heart that led to anger. Yet, God spoke tenderly to Cain, asking why he was angry? Why has your countenance fallen? Will you not be accepted if you do well? Cain sinned and God met him with graciousness and compassion.

Cain’s sin went from anger to hatred and ignoring God’s graciousness, his wickedness came to fullness. He killed his brother. God then cast him out and sentenced him to be a wanderer. Cain, in the midst of this great wickedness and judgment, says to God, “my punishment is greater than I can bear.” He does not repent, he has no remorse; yet he boldly complains to God. Cain’s sins were great and God had mercy, granting him his life.

How great Your mercy is O God! How tender you are to the just and unjust.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” Matthew 5:7


Monday, October 4th, 2010

Day 212

“We have received grace upon grace”
John 1:16

John says, “We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” [John 1:14]. He is the glorious one, who from the very beginning was with God and through Him all things were made. He is the Son of God by nature and from eternity and exalted high above angels and prophets. He is the beloved Son in whom the Father is well pleased and He is full of grace and truth.

He is full of grace, unmerited favor for us. Out of this fullness we have all received grace upon grace. His grace for us is infinite, boundless and without limit. It is a continual supply coming out of His fullness. When grace is used, more replaces it. There is no end to it. Paul says in Romans, “…where sin abounded grace abounded much more” [5:20]. Grace is greater than sin. Jeremiah says in Lamentations that His mercies and compassions “are new every morning” [3:23].

The law served to show our sinfulness and God’s holiness. Jesus Christ revealed God’s grace, mercy and compassion. Through His grace we find forgiveness and are able to live holy lives. Through His mercy the effects of our sins are covered. Through His fullness we come to know God our Father.

“And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way . . . until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”
Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:13


Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Day 95

“…go, and sin no more”
John 8:1-11

Do you remember being caught doing something very bad as a child or youth? Getting caught red-handed is an experience that you can only know if you have been through it. For one with any conscience at all, it is humiliating to have a deed done in the dark come to the light.

An unnamed woman was caught in the act of adultery by the scribes and Pharisees, who then brought her to Jesus. The main focus in this passage is on the dialogue concerning the trap set by the Pharisees and Jesus’ answer. Yet in the midst of this stands a powerful revelation of God’s grace and mercy, and how it met this woman. According to the law, she should have been put to death. Yet, she became the object of a fight over religious legalism.

That day in the Temple religious legalism met Grace and Mercy, and legalism was driven from God’s house. The woman became the object of His Grace and Mercy, neither being condemned nor put to death. Instead, she found forgiveness and freedom.

“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”
Romans 5:8


Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Day 91

“O taste and see that the Lord is good”
Psalm 34:8

People of the world always ask the same question: “If God is so good, why does He allow so many to die?” Interesting – Satan did the same thing with the first man and woman. “Did God say . . .” Or in other words, if He is so good, why can’t you eat from the Tree of Knowledge?

That seed Satan planted has plagued man ever since. One of the ways has been God’s people questioning His goodness. After they were freed from Egypt, they complained, grumbled, and basically lacked belief in God’s goodness and provision. All the way up to today, people still hold a skewed view of God. He is perceived to be a harsh judge who will send a bolt of lightning if you miss the mark; that He will allow you to be lost, impose sickness on you, or a myriad of other false beliefs.

None of these views of God are true.

There is a great verse in Matthew that reveals the nature of God’s goodness: “What man is there among you, when his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or, if he shall ask for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” [Matthew 7:9-11]. Even in our own failures God is good to us. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made, declares the Psalmist [145:8-9]

Knowing the goodness of God is a life-transforming truth.

“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good”
Psalm 73:28


Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Day 83

“The Lord, whose name is jealous, is a jealous God”
Exodus 34:14

Did you know that God is a jealous God?

Moses had just witnessed the glory of the Lord, and heard God describe himself as compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. God’s declaration to Moses was in very human and emotional terms that expressed deep love for His people. In Hebrew, the word for “compassion” actually means “mother’s womb,” indicating mercy, pity, and love.

God has a compassion for the people whom He birthed. Read another expression of God’s compassion where He comforts Rachel about her children; “Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child? For as often as I speak against him I do remember him still. Therefore My heart (“womb”) yearns for him; I will surely have mercy upon him says Yahweh” [Jeremiah 3:20 Literal].

This helps us understand why God is a jealous God. He is jealous because we belong to Him; we are His children, born of Him. He does not express jealousy wrongfully, as in the human emotion, but as a part of His love for us. His jealousy brings His wrath against that which separates us from Him. He wages war on our enemies, the enemies of our soul who prevent our having full fellowship with Him. We belong to Him, and we are to have no other gods before Him. His desire is for our fellowship with Him.

“With great compassion I will gather you …,
with everlasting love I will have compassion on you”
Isaiah 54:7-8


Monday, April 19th, 2010

Day 61

“Do not let your hearts any longer be troubled.
Trust in God; trust also in me”
John 14:1

It was the Last Supper. Jesus announced Judas’ imminent betrayal, and Peter’s denial. His disciples didn’t fully understand why He had to go and die; they resisted even the thought of it. They were sad, confused, and troubled by the events. Jesus Himself was troubled in the spirit.

In the midst of these unfolding events and troubled hearts, two very powerful acts of love took place. Christ humbled Himself at the supper and washed the feet of His disciples, even the feet of the one who would betray Him. He did what they failed to do. In so doing, He forever set the pattern of true love and ministry. And then, in an unselfish and tender manner, He spoke to their very hearts with words of comfort and reassurance.

This brought the disciples to a realization of their own selfishness. Having the Master wash their feet was a humbling experience. His love revealed their self-occupation; it was almost offensive to them. Yet Christ neither focused on their failures, nor on their weaknesses; but brought comfort and assurance to them. Isn’t He the same with us?

“I am going there to prepare a place for you”

John 14:2


Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Day 50

“And the Lord God made garments of skin for
Adam and his wife, and clothed them”
Genesis 3:21

Adam and Eve disobeyed God on the one and only condition He gave them; that they did not eat of the tree of knowledge. They lost their covering when they sinned, and became aware of their own nakedness. They hid When God called them because of their sin and nakedness.

Read carefully what God does; He deals with their sin. But after a lengthy pronouncement of judgment, He makes provision for them. He makes garments of skin to cover their nakedness. The Creator of the universe, God Almighty, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, has compassion on Adam and Eve. He graciously intervenes by providing adequate protection to the vulnerable couple. The protection – the garments – cover their embarrassment and help preserve them in the new and hostile environment.

God’s provision of covering for Adam and Eve was obtained by the slaying of an animal. This first slaying of an animal foreshadowed the Old Testament system of animal sacrifices for sin, and ultimately the blood shed by Christ for us. What a God He is! Man rebels against Him, and in response He provides a covering! Make no mistake; sin brought consequences and loss, but He was determined to redeem His children.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,
that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”
2 Corinthians 5:21


Friday, March 19th, 2010

Day 33

“God demonstrates His own love toward us”
Romans 5:8

There is a great section in Ezekiel that gives a very graphic description of the natural man as a sinner and separated from God. The Lord said, “No eye looked with pity on you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you. Rather you were thrown out into the open field, for you were abhorred on the day you were born” [Ezekiel 16:5].

There is a total hopelessness and helplessness in the person separated from God. Have you ever looked into the eyes of people as you walked through your city or town? Everywhere you turn, you see empty eyes, depressed and sad. There is no hope in them. They cannot hear God. They cannot come to Christ. They cannot obey the law, or be good and pleasing to God.

Yet, when God passed by, “…and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ … Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you, and anointed you with oil” [Ezekiel 16:6]. Here is life; where there is hopelessness and helplessness, Christ offers life over death. He gives life because He gave His life and died for you.

Here is love: it is the care and affection that one has for another, which causes one to seek the other’s good and happiness through the sacrifice of himself for the ones whom he loves. Love cannot be proven but through demonstration. But “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” [Romans 5:8]. This is the glory of the Lord.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid
down His life for us. And we ought to lay down
our lives for our brothers”
1 John 3:16


Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Day 25

“With men it is impossible, but not
with God; for all things are possible with God”
Mark 10:27

A sinner cannot change themselves into being saved. The Rich Young man sadly found this to be true. Man’s religions and philosophies all have a system that requires working to attain the promise of life. It is all wrapped up in our self-strength.

The Rich Young Man asked what he had to do to inherit eternal life and the answer was that he had to be perfect in every way. That is impossible for man. Neither works nor moral purity saves us. As much as we try, we cannot change ourselves. Our nature wants to desperately lay claim to self-sufficiency. We have to have a part in it. But, it isn’t to be so with God.

It is by grace we have been saved. We were chosen in Him and God has declared that He “will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion” (Romans 9:15-16). So then it does not depend on our will, but on the will of Him who has mercy on us. It is His choice. This is the greatness of our salvation – it is He who saved us, not by works, but by grace. All the glory goes to Him and Him alone, because man’s hand has not been in his own salvation.

“In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons
through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His
pleasure and will – to the praise of
His glorious grace”
Ephesians 1:5-6


Monday, March 8th, 2010

Day 23

“His father saw him”
Luke 15:11-32

One of the Bible’s most powerful stories is that of the lost son. The son is bold, arrogant, and rebellious. He abandons his family for himself and to follow sin. Filled with self-centeredness and destructive behavior he lived in sin until he was bankrupt.

Sin is not the focus of this story; rather, it is the revelation of the Father’s heart. The father never stopped yearning for him and looking for his return. He loved his son, and the son’s sinning did not change that love. His coming home told the whole story; he was physically and morally bankrupt. This is the heart of the Father that, when he finally saw the returning son at a distance, he ran out to meet him and prepared a feast.

Why does the Father wait and yearn for us when we are in sin? There is nothing we can do to earn His love. There are no works we can perform. There is no faith we can exercise. There is no way we can ‘make up’ for our sins, failures and faults. Our Father chooses us for only one reason, and that is His mercy and goodness. He does not choose us because of our intelligence, talents, goodness, ‘right living,’ or position of birth. No; He patiently waits and yearns for us because of who we are in Him; His chosen ones.

“The father ran, threw his arms around his son’s neck,
and kissed him fervently.”
Luke 15:20, literal

Lord, you are so good and kind, so ready to forgive,
so full of mercy for all who ask your aid.
Psalm 86:5