There are some words that evoke strong emotions within us and for some reason the word compassion brings forth feelings of comfort and warmth within me.
The dictionary describes compassion as, “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” Compassion is a strong word; you can not feel compassion lightly for someone. The definition really drives that idea home by explaining that the feelings of sympathy are accompanied by a desire to “alleviate the suffering.” Personally, the whole definition is filled with powerful words: deep sympathy, misfortune, alleviate, and suffering.
Compassion is shown in the parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15). The father in the story was filled with “love and compassion” for his son upon his return home. The son’s actions did not matter anymore; he had forgiven him and was just happy he had returned. Just as the father in this story was filled with love and compassion towards his son, our heavenly father has both love and compassion for us.
There are two verses from Micah that speak of Father’s amazing display of compassion towards his people:
“Where is another God like you,
who pardons the guilt of the remnant,
overlooking the sins of his special people?
You will not stay angry with your people forever,
because you delight in showing unfailing love.
Once again you will have compassion on us.
You will trample our sins under your feet
and throw them into the depths of the ocean!” (Micah 7:18-19)
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald