Understanding God’s Lovingkindness

2 Jul

Caring, kindness, compassion, respect.  These are words that describe what it means to show empathy.  The dictionary gives this meaning: understanding of another’s feelings: the ability to identify with,  and understand somebody else’s feelings and difficulties.  This word means more than feeling bad for someone who has suffered loss or harm, or being glad for someone’s good news.  It’s putting yourself in the same position as another person, feeling what he/she would feel. 

Feeling empathy for others is probably the best way we can offer comfort and support to someone.  It is also fulfilling God’s commandment to “love one another”.  To really love,  requires mercy, forgiveness, and compassion, even before that person may be ready for it.  It may require looking beyond someone’s cruelties against us.  The more we understand our own need of  God’s mercy and compassion, the more we are able to show compassion and kindness to others.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  2 Cor. 1:2,3

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,  make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.  Phil. 2:1,2

When we realize the impact of our Salvation , that God sent his Son Jesus to earth, and He fully experience what we do.  Jesus suffered great hurt and pain.  Jesus cared for his friends when they weep, when they expressed lack of faith and doubted His love for them. When the multitudes were hungry, Jesus feed them, when the disciples were fearful in a storm, Christ showed compassion and calmed the storm, and so many more human expression of emotion and empathy as related to our Savior Jesus Christ that are recorded in the Old and New Testament.

In all their affliction He was afflicted,

And the angel of His presence saved them;

In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them,

And He lifted them and carried them

All the days of old.

Isaiah 63:9

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him  with whom we have to do.    Heb. 4:13-16

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:13-16

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father,  Jesus Christ the righteous;  and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.  1 John 2:1,2

Sometimes we forget, and some may not believe;  that God sees all, He knows all that we go through.  God understands what we are going through at the deepest level and knows our sorrows and distress, all we need to do is call upon His name.  Jesus was crucified for our sins, and resurrected on the third day and is in heaven and intercedes for us with the Father on our behalf.  (Hebrews 4:13-16).

The more we experience the mercies of God, the more we know of God written about Him and His ways in the Bible, the more we experience His compassion, loving kindness, and know of His forgiveness towards us when we fail and sin (1 John 1:5-10),  we have peace and assurance that God cares, and God knows all we go through.  God is a rewarder of them who seek Him.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.    Hebrews 11:6

But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.  1 John 1:7-10

 By this we know that we have come to know Him,  if we keep His commandments.  1 John 2:3

A lack of empathy for what someone is feeling or going through is like hating your brother.  To feel no compassion or no kindness towards another,  is like hating your brother.  Is your heart hard or tender and compassionate?  Do you feel pride and superiority like the crowd that wanted to stone the woman caught in sin (adultery) , until Jesus wrote their sins , one by one, in the dust and one by one, each one of them went away knowing that they had sinned too,  and broke God’s commandments.

© 2013 Sherry DuBois

Scripture is from: The New American Standard Bible

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