It is hard for us humans to understand the love a perfect God has for imperfect humans. Compassion is the pre-eminent attribute of the Creator (1 John 4:8). Mercy is the controlling force in His divine government. The Bible declares, that the Lord is “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” (Exodus 34:6, 7).
The Lord has deep care for all of His children who were made in His image (Genesis 1:27). We can have a glimpse of His mercy for us in the compassion we have for our own children. He made us this way so we can somewhat comprehend His attitude towards us. Yet, even parental care has been ruined by sin. The Lord declares, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15).
The compassion of our heavenly Father is not just a feeling. The supreme expression of divine mercy is the Father’s gift of His Son (John 3:16), through whom it becomes possible for us to be His sons (1 John 3:1). Even though people strayed away from their Maker and yielded to Satan by disobedience, He redeemed them back by His substitutionary death. There is no greater kindness than this (John 15:13).
While the Savior’s mercy embraces all humans, it directly benefits those who respond to it: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become” His children (John 1:12). Compassion requires reciprocity in order to be fully effective. It is His goodness that leads humans to repentance (Romans 2:4). It is His mercy that softens hard hearts, brings back the lost, and turns sinners into saints.
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