God's Endless Compassion
He will again have compassion on us. Micah 7:19, NASB
My (David's) compassion tends to run out, but God's never will. He will have compassion on us again and again. We can be assured of God's compassion when we look at Christ, who can have compassion for us because He has suffered Himself.
Reflect on these areas of suffering. They are all a part of life's journey, and they are also evidence of Christ's ability to hurt for us. He has endured every one of these emotions:
Disappointment and Loneliness: In Matthew 26, Jesus vulnerably shares a need with His closest friends. He knows that He is about to die and is praying to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Christ asks the disciples to pray with Him for an hour. Three times, He asks for their support and three times they fall asleep.
Sadness and Loss: In Matthew 14, Jesus' cousin, John the Baptist, is beheaded by the king. Jesus leaves the crowds of people and withdraws to a lonely place.
Ridicule: In Matthew 9, when Jesus was about to heal a ruler's daughter, the crowds laughed at Him.
Forsakenness and Abandonment: In Matthew 26-27, after Jesus was arrested, all the disciples left Him and hid out of fear. Peter denied even knowing Him. On the cross, Jesus felt the abandonment of His heavenly Father when He took on our sin. He cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46).
What does it do to your heart to know that we have a Savior who can empathize with us, who can hurt for us because of His love, having felt the deep pains of this life? What emotions does that prompt in you? Gratitude? Appreciation? Humility? Blessing?
What kinds of hurt and disappointment do you and your spouse need compassion for today?
God, remind me of Your endless compassion. Your compassion never fails because You have known what it’s like to hurt.
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