It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Psalms 145:8 KJV
It is important to recognize the many characteristics of God to understand who we serve. When we have the right perspective of God we can operate and serve more effectively. There is less condemnation, less fear, less insecurity, and less uncertainty when we know God’s characteristics behind His actions or even during our situations. Many times we charge God unconsciously and even foolishly, like we do people. The people in our lives have love but it’s not always perfect, the people in our lives have understanding but its not always perfect, and the same goes for compassion….the people in our lives have it but its not always perfect.
God’s compassion is perfect! According to the scriptures above, He is full of it and they don’t fail!
After looking up the definition of compassion, I found that the root word makes compassion and mercy interchangeable. This was also backed up by google when I looked up the definition and each word is used in the definition of the other. So, knowing that God is FULL of compassion i.e. merciful, I replaced the compassion with the definitions in the following statements.
~God is FULL of sympathetic pity and of concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others! (Definition of compassion)
~God is FULL of forgiveness towards others although it is in His power to punish or harm. (Definition of mercy)
~God is FULL of bringing relief from something unpleasant. Things like depression, bondage, disillusion, and even more importantly Hell! (Definition of merciful)
Like stated above, it is important to know the God we serve so we know His characteristics and the motives behind how He operates… but also because we are made in His image and we should reflect the same characteristics.
We must practice being compassionate and merciful to ourselves and others! Yes I said to ourselves! Forgive yourself. Yep. Forgive yourself. God has forgiven you, forgive yourself, and forgive others. Let it be a flow chart. Be kind to yourself and others. Don’t allow your thoughts to beat you up or anyone else. Practice by thinking lovely thoughts(Philippians 4:8) and combating others with scripture/truth.
To bring it full circle, know that God is FULL of compassion and mercy for you! When your mind tells you that God doesn’t care about what your going through, you can recognize that its a lie from the enemy because according to God’s compassion…He is concerned about your misfortunes and sufferings. When the enemy comes with condemnation you can know that the source isn’t God because according to His compassion, He is quick to forgive! When you are in a dark or dry season of life, know that God is FULL to the brim of bringing relief from unpleasant things including your situation!
Recognize God’s compassion and be mindful of your compassion towards yourself and others!
Be blessed my fellow believers!!!!
Can I say another thing???
Not only is God FULL of compassion…but His compassions are new every morning! Not to mention!!!! His mercy is everlasting!!!!! He is FULL of it, they are new every morning, and they are everlasting!!!! Now beat that. Or get around it.
Your sister, DeHonee ❤