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God’s Compassion

Psalm 103:13

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

IMG_0301Compassion is an amazing attribute. This last Sunday was Mother’s Day and compassion is often an attribute of mothers (not all mothers for sure but most). When I skinned my knee – I came to mom rather than dad. Dad would probably such something like – you’ll be OK – get up and brush it off while mom would hug me and tell me it will be OK – let me clean it off and kiss it.

As a father – I tried to be more like my mom is this area of parenting – trying to comfort my children when they were in pain and still with a little bit of my dad – trying to get them to get back after it so they wouldn’t develop a complex about the pain.

Today’s passage talks about the compassion of God. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 103:8–16 – The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. 15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; 16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

The reading begins with the Lord is compassionate and gracious – and goes on to develop some of the character traits of the Lord. As awesome as God is – God is still able to have a soft heart when it comes to His creation. God cares. God loves us. God is compassionate toward us.

My father did have compassion – I don’t want to say he didn’t. He loved people and especially people down and out. For those who have read my blog for some time – you’ll remember the little girl that lived across the street from us on 69th Place in Seat Pleasant – how my dad reached out to her – a child in need.

How has God reached out to you dear reader? Share some ways that God has shown you compassion. I know folks would love to read your testimonies.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


May 12, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

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