God’s Compassion Never Fails

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“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
~ Mother Teresa

Are you stressed out, broken, and downhearted about some events in your life? When you share it with others, how do they react? Do they feel your sorrow with you? Or do they roll their eyes and chalk off your pain as not worthy of notice? Maybe even call you a big baby if you cry?

Why is it that often in our society, even in some families and Christian circles, it’s not acceptable to share our brokenness? Why are many forced to be so stoic about their emotions? Where is the compassion? Where is the sincere sorrow and longing to alleviate the pain of a broken soul?

A couple of phrases I have heard and others I know have heard are “Suck it up!” or “Get a grip!” I have seen it in others and have felt it myself in my life that such expressions deeply hurt. It’s saying, “I don’t believe you hurt,” or “Shut up with your heartaches right now.”

Sometimes in Christian circles, it’s “Have faith” or “It’s God’s will and we shouldn’t murmur against it.” Heaps of guilt about our lack of faith or our burning questions add to the weight of our pain. Jesus shows another way of compassion as He opens up His arms to the broken, the doubters, the ones who ask why. He invites us to pour out all our grief and pain to Him. He cries with us and offers words of peace and comfort.

Another phrase that cuts deeply is “Forget about the past and move on.” The past affects us no matter what and is what molds us to who we are today. Forgetting the past means hiding who we really are. It means throwing away the lessons we have learned through the pain. It means denying the grieving process that is so necessary for each person to work through.

We’re all human, and no one is exempt from brokenness in their lives. Everyone needs compassion. Everyone needs someone to truly care about their feelings. Everyone needs to hear we are sorry for their pain.

What an example God shows us of compassion! The Israelites again and again forgot Him and went their own way, but when they cried out to God again, He heard them and delivered them time after time.

“Because of Your great compassion You did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.” Nehemiah 9:19

“And when they cried out to You again, You heard from heaven, and in Your compassion You delivered them time after time.” Nehemiah 9:28

“When they cry out to Me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.” Exodus 22:27

In this season we celebrate the incomprehensible compassion of God. God coming down in human form. God sending down His own Son through a humble birth. To take all the weight of our sins upon Himself so we can go free. Because of this we may have hope.

Jesus’ heart is so full of love and compassion for broken souls. He wants us to pour out every grief in our hearts. He will never give us a cold shoulder. He shares in our sorrows and longs to heal our brokenness. We will never, ever hear anything short of compassion from Him. And you know what? If we do not experience compassion on this earth from anyone or we feel misunderstood, Jesus’ compassion infinitely exceeds and fills that lack in our hearts.

The next time you deal with a lack of compassion and understanding, take it to Jesus. He is ready with open arms to receive you and wrap you in His embrace of everlasting love and mercy.

“Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion” Psalm 103:4

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Psalm 103:8

“Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion on them in their suffering.” Isaiah 49:13 NLT

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Compassion Hymn – Keith and Kristyn Getty

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Praying Jesus will wrap you in His arms of compassion!
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Anchor of Hope for the Hopeless

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“Hopelessness sucks you dry of any peace or victory in your life. It can be almost suffocating, stealing the Word from your heart and blanketing you with heaviness.” (Guideposts)

Do you ever feel this way? It’s an awful feeling when it seems the life is sucked right out of us. We try to grab and hold onto the promises, but they slip from our grasp. Losing all hope in the mercy of God.

Even when we don’t always feel it, God keeps His promises. Sometimes we have to wait a looong time, but never so long as some of the people in the Old Testament had to wait. After God’s last promise of His Son coming, there were 2,000 years of silence. Can you imagine? They must have felt so hopeless at times. The Savior had not yet come. They had to cling to God’s promises that He would come.

It’s impossible for God to lie. When He gives a promise, it is more than 100% certain He will keep it. We know today the promise of a Savior was kept. Jesus has come. He has paid the price. He has given hope to hopeless souls.

“We who have run for our very lives to God
have every reason to grab the promised hope
with both hands and never let go.
It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline,
reaching past all appearances right to
the very presence of God where Jesus,
running on ahead of us,
has taken up His permanent post as High Priest for us,
in the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:18-20 The Message

When the storm waves jerk the ships of our souls back and forth, up and down, the rope to the anchor of hope won’t break, because it is made of the unbreakable love of a faithful God.

We may sometimes feel like hope is forever gone from our hearts, and it would be if it were up to us. But even when we cannot see it, Jesus is the unbreakable Lifeline that leads us to salvation, safety, and solace.

We have this hope, this strong and trustworthy anchor, that reaches into the very certainty of the Presence of God. Yes, He’s waiting for us to flee to Him for refuge with all the broken pieces of our lives.

“We see our failures and our lack of faith,
but God sees what we will become
as His Spirit faithfully works through
the broken pieces of our lives.
God’s timing always perfectly matches His plans,
even if sometimes it runs roughshod over ours.”
(Sheila Walsh in The Storm Inside: Trade the Chaos of How You Feel for the Truth of Who You Are)

 

The Reason We Have Hope

“Third Man”
by Loretta Lynn

Last night I dreamed I took a walk up Calvary’s lonely hill,
The things I saw with my own eyes could not have been more real.

I saw upon three crosses three men in agony;
Two cried out for mercy… but the third man just looked at me.

Oh, the pain in this man’s eyes that just broke my heart in two!
It seemed I could hear the third man say: “I’m doing this for you.”

I knelt beneath the third man’s cross and slowly bowed my head,
I reached out to touch His feet and it stained my hands with red.

And when I heard Him cry in pain, I raised my eyes to see;
Blood spilled from the third man’s side… and some of it spilled on me.

The third man wore a crown of thorns, spikes held Him to the tree,
I heard him cry, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

And there within a mighty crowd the ones who mocked him cried,
“King, save Thyself if Thou art King!” and then the third man died.

I heard the thunder roll and saw the lightning pierce the sky.
The third man was still hanging there and I began to cry.

I saw the boulders fall and heard the breaking of the ground.
Then I awoke and thought I dreamed;
I touched my cheek and found
My eyes were wet where I had cried.

A dream? I wished I knew—
I still can hear the third man say,
“I’m doing this for you.”

hang in there

Praying we will hang onto the Lifeline of Hope,
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A Safe Savior Soothes a Sad Soul

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“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.
And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
John 14:27 NLT

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A Weary Soul Weeps

Dear Jesus,
I want so much not to worry
About everything and anything.
I want to believe
You have all things
In Your Hands.

I don’t want to be afraid
Of trusting YOU.

Forgive me, Lord,
But sometimes my heart
Is so weary of trying
To let go of my control.
I’m so afraid to give
The reins of my life
Over to anyone.

I don’t want to be afraid
Of handing them over to YOU.

Please help me to stop the flow of this worry
And allow the faucet of Your love
To wash over me continually,
Washing away all doubts and fears.

I don’t want to be afraid
To let go and let GOD.

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A Safe Savior Soothes

Oh my precious child,
You will always be safe with Me;
In My arms is true rest
From all the worry and fear
You daily wrestle with.

Rest, My beloved child, rest,
Rest your weary head and heart
On My peace-giving shoulder.

You are safe with Me
Always and Forever.
I already paid the price
For sin, shame, and fear,
Worries and doubts;
They can no longer defeat you.

Rest, My beloved child, rest,
Rest your weary head and heart
On My power-giving shoulder.

Cast all at the foot of the Cross
On which I died and gave you life.
And remember I see and know everything,
And I am powerfully alive
To still your fears of trusting.

Rest, My beloved child, rest,
Rest your weary head and heart
On My trustworthy shoulder.

These burdens are far too heavy for you to carry.
You don’t need to let them weigh you down into despair.
Let go, My precious child, and let Me handle them.
I long for the weary and heavy-laden
To come to Me, to trust
I have power to carry all for you.

Rest, My beloved child, rest,
Rest your weary head and heart
On My Almighty shoulder.

 

 

Every Household Has Its Hidden Pain

Praying we will let Jesus carry our burdens,
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