Compassionate and Gracious, Our God

I think sometimes it’s easy to wonder if God truly cares about us. I mean, what makes us think he even cares or exists for that matter.

In my life, I have hit low points, in the midst of doing what is wrong, and worse yet, feeling even more alone when I chose to do what is right. Trusting that God will get you through during these low points takes a lot of courage and trust that God will intervene.

For instance, when  we examine today’s world and witness tragedies in the news that are happening all around the world, how easy it is to wonder if God would even forgives man’s inhumanity to man. I know it is easy to immediately pass judgment and automatically assume the worse when it comes to criminal acts. No doubt, anger and disgust and a cry for the electric chair has crossed our minds. We are human and we are by no means perfect in what we say or do.

It is apparent, that for whatever reason, when a person commits a heinous crime there are always circumstances that brought those individuals to this low point in their lives. In the midst, evil seeped into their minds, words, actions and deep into their inner core.

There will always be circumstances that lead us down the wrong paths,how far down we travel is an individual journey. Temptations, and lack of self-control often lead us to make bad choices we surely will regret later in life. It’s those hiccups that make us feel we can never be redeemed.

PSALM 103:8-18 NIV

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. he will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed,he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with his children’s children– with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.”

Psalm 103:8 NIV says “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. The American Heritage College dictionary defines compassion as follows: (noun) Deep awareness of suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.” and also defines compassionate as: (adjective) Feeling or showing compassion; sympathetic. to pity

So while we are out acting foolish, making stupid mistakes, traveling down the wrong path, possibly destroying our lives, God looks down at us with compassion. He has a deep awareness of what we are doing or going through. He knows what’s in our hearts, minds, and souls he sees our anguish and wants to relieve us of our pain. He knows hurt has caused us to do things we normally wouldn’t. So he waits patiently as we struggle through our personal journeys for a prayer or cry for help. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13NIV

If you have children, you can understand how God has a deep unconditional love for all. As a parent we’ve experienced different level of disappointment in our own children that may have caused us pain but we show compassion toward them in an effort to get them through and hopefully guide them into making better choices. We hope they learn the power of forgiveness so they grow from their experiences and become better people because of it. God sees us as his children and like a parent he hopes we’ll seek forgiveness and change our future words and actions so that they are pleasing to him. Just like we long to do what is pleasing to our parents.

In all your actions and words seek God first. Let him guide you down the path to everlasting life. For when we choose  to be Christ-like in what we do, that is when through love we make good decisions. To be Christ-like, you learn to love one another the more we grow in a relationship with Christ, the more we want to do what is pleasing to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” If we study what Christ was like, then we know what is right and good. With more patience, courage, love and understanding maybe this world would be a much better place.

God, we know there are many who feel they have traveled way to far down the wrong path. Some feel they are not worthy of your forgiveness, feeling no chance for redemption. God let us pray that they have learned from their mistakes and seek you, dear God, in hopes of being redeemed and through your love almighty father, the will to change their lives and become doers of all that is pleasing to you. Fill us up with love, compassion and understanding of our fellow man so that we may become more Christ-like. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

God Bless and keep you safe!

Joanne

6 thoughts on “Compassionate and Gracious, Our God

  1. Pingback: Compassionate and Gracious, Our God | Rambled Process

  2. Hi Joanne, I hope I got your name right. Thank you for writing this post. It resonates with me so much. It really hit me. I hope you don’t mind but I pressed it on my blog. God bless you and yours 🙂

  3. I’m glad you were able to connect with my writing. It is so easy to get lost in this world and be led down paths we wish we’d never traveled, but it is equally just as easy to found too. When we seek forgiveness and receive the gift of God’s grace and find ourselves redeemed and ready to rebuild our lives to please God.
    I pray God keeps you safe from hurt, harm or danger. May he guide you with words and actions that are pleasing to him on this journey called life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen God Bless!

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