“I choose kindness... I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.” — Max Lucado
I love the passages that talk about God being compassionate.
“…for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.” —2 Chronicles 30:9
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate…” —Exodus 34:6
Verses like this show that God the Father has emotion. Again, some of us have never seen this in our earthly fathers… and the emotions we usually saw were sometimes really frightening. But then we find out that God is compassionate. Once we know that, we find out that He really cares and He feels that caring. From the depth of His heart, from the core of emotion, God is compassionate toward you and me.
That is a very radical thought, if you think about it… so think about it! Compassion simply means “with passion”—but step back from the simple meaning of this word and contemplate the implications of these three words: God. Compassion. You. Your heavenly Father is not mechanical in His love for you; He feels it.
I was in the Philippine Islands with a mission team during college. In one village, we came across a boy with leprosy. He was shunned by all—an untouchable. The gracious pastor of the tiny evangelical church in town reached out with his hands, but he was the only one who was willing to embrace the grotesque face, the stumps for hands, the disfigured legs… I could barely look at him, let alone touch him. I’ll never forget the morning I came around the corner and found this little boy sitting in the lap of one of my teammates, Randy. Randy had taught him how to play “Patty-cake”. As stumps hit palms, the distorted face burst into a twisted but pure smile, and I saw a visible picture of the compassion of God… with one big twist: I’m the boy sitting in the lap of God.
Father, sending Your Son to suffer for me was the ultimate form of compassion! Let me see myself as the leprous child on Your lap. Thank You for loving me with a passion only You could muster, for loving me to wholeness. Please help me to see the world through Your eyes so I may also show Your compassion to the world! Amen.
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