The Lord is full of compassion. He is slow to anger and great in mercy. As we are transformed into His image, we too are merciful. When the Spirit of God leads us to do something, He not only gives us the passion, but also the compassion that is needed.
Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve. Mercy is not receiving what we do deserve. When people realize they have been completely forgiven of all sin, they love the Lord with even greater passion. As we received the Lord, we walk in Him, by grace through faith. We extend mercy to others as we have received it from Him. Having compassion is what brings forth mercy. Only the love of God gives us the compassion to go forth with the passion to walk in His name. Compassion is what stirs up healings, miracles and the manifestation of the glory we read of in the life of Jesus.
The glory of the Lord is increasing in unprecedented measure. It means our Lord’s grace, compassion and mercy are going to be seen through us like never before. Many prodigal sons, and those who have felt rejected, are going to run into the arms of the Lord. We are going to be rekindled with passion and a fresh fire for the Kingdom. In His name greater works shall we do, from glory to glory!
Psalm 145:8-9 “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
In hospitals, some are battling a deadly disease and some are celebrating a child’s birth. In airports, some are weeping because their loved ones are leaving while others are rejoicing because their loved ones are coming home. When Jesus arrived at the gates of Nain with his disciples, a large crowd was recounting and rejoicing for the healings and miracles they had just witnessed. At this gate, they passed another large group going the opposite direction. They were leaving the city, accompanying a widow in mourning for her son as his coffin was being carried out. It was a crossroad where compassion met sorrow and life met death.
When we find ourselves on a path of sorrow, depression and despair we also find the Lord meeting us to take us the opposite direction. The trials we go through may put us in various protective shells hindering us from receiving comfort and hope from others; but Jesus is able to break through, touch and heal us. In the midst of our tears when we are unable to call upon His name, He hears what we cannot say, feels our pain and is moved with compassion. He is our healer and helps us rise up from deadly conditions.
When we cross the paths of others, let us also take heed to what they are going through and be sensitive to their cry. We can bring consolation, hope and healing in the name of Jesus, from glory to glory!
Luke 7:13-14 “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’ ”