DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR
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Compassion is something seldom experienced in a world filled with indifference and cruelty. Most people don’t seem to possess the level of selflessness compassion requires. Our society makes it clear that our acceptance has everything to do with our success and little to do with the grace and compassion of others for us. How we are loved and respected is based on our accomplishments and abilities rather than the love and compassion of those around us. But our God is not of this world.
In Isaiah 54:10, God gives us his beautiful promise of compassion, “‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” The love of your heavenly Father is steadfast and immovable. His compassion for you is more sure than the very ground you walk on. And what’s more, your God’s compassion is tethered together with his grace. Psalm 103:8 says, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love”. God’s compassion is not the result of what you do, but instead the direct result of his boundless love for you.
God’s love is foundationally different than the love of others. In a world founded on the notion of works and rewards, cause and effect — God wants to build your foundation on his unconditional compassion. God longs to establish your relationship on the building blocks of his love and grace. It was God’s compassion for you that drove him to send Jesus to his death. It was God’s compassion for you that led him to search you out when sin had wedged a great chasm between you. And it’s God’s compassion that drives him even now to pour out his unfathomable love and affection over you.
Where in your life do you need to experience God’s promise of compassion? Where do you feel like you don’t measure up? Where do you feel unloved? Isaiah 30:18-19 says,
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you.”
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