Monday, July 29, 2013

God's Compassion

"The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 
 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works."  --Psalm 145:8-9

Throughout the New Testament we see Jesus as a healer; He was forgiving and compassionate.  Isaiah 53: 4 says, "Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows." 

Jesus had compassion on a woman who was suffering in a synagogue as he preached one Sabbath, and He healed her.  This made the ruler of the synagogue very unhappy; he warned his congregation that they could be healed during any 6 days of the week, but not on the Sabbath!

Jesus responded by saying "Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him to watering?  And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" (Luke 13:15-16).

The ruler of the synagogue knew the law; but he did not know the heart of God.  We are all condemned as sinners under the law; the law is a harsh schoolmaster which convicts us of our shortcomings and makes us realize how much we need a Savior.

God's mercy and compassion are inimitable; in spite of our faults he loved us and gave himself for us."The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life."  (2 Corinthians 3:6).  God cares about you.  He wants to give you grace and set you free.  

"As heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust."

One song says it so well, "When the Lord looks down from heaven to the ground, I'm no bigger than a little grain of sand; yet he knows me and he loves me, and He holds me in His hand."

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