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To show mercy “Compassion”

 

        Jehovah, the God of the Israelites, is not just a mind. He is not just thought- eternally thinking thought. The God of the Old Testament and the New Testament too, while unchanging in His nature and purpose, is genuinely personal. Whenever the Bible talks about the true and loving God, it uses personal pronouns. How, then, can we grasp what God is like? We take our own personhood as a clue to divine Personhood. We eliminate anything imperfect and magnify everything about God to an infinite degree. That helps us to try to understand the reality of God as He actually is in His flawless Personhood.

 

        The Bible discloses that the one true and living God actually feels. He experiences a whole gamut of reactions that are similar to our own. But one of the emotions repeatedly attributed to Him is compassion. Scripture tells us that He is Eternal, Holy, Just, All-good, Wise, Powerful, and Loving.

 

       But if you eliminate God’s compassion and God is no longer the God we know – the personal God who interacted with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Eliminate compassion, and God is no longer the God who has experience akin to our own state of joy, regret, grief, and merciful kindness.  Eliminate compassion from God’s nature, and Scripture must be rewritten, our understanding of the divine nature must be radically revised, and theology must be turned inside out. But compassion can’t be eliminated. It must, instead, be given a place of honor among God’s attributes. He is the caring God.

 

        Jesus as compassion incarnate, made caring central His ministry. He swept aside any legalistic distortions of and any ethnic limitations on the all-inclusive grace of the triune God. And caring is that compassionate neighbor-love that Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 declared to be the greatest of all virtues, one that our Savior and Master modeled perfectly.

 

Texts like the ones that follow gives us His in-depth perception of Jehovah’s heart.

 

 

  • “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you, says the Lord your Redeemer . . . .”, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you” Isaac 54:7-8, 10ac 54:7-8, 10
    Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

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  • ”You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea” Michia 7:19.

 

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