Do you struggle with regrets from your past?
Have you ever felt like your sins might just be too big for God’s grace to cover?
Do you have a hard time embracing God’s compassion?
Years ago, I would have answered ‘yes’ to all three of those questions, but during my journey of faith, I finally realized not only the depth of God’s compassion, but that it was actually meant for me too.
It took a long time for me to accept God’s promise of unconditional love and compassion, but once I did, my life changed entirely, which is what I wrote about in todays Proverbs 31 devotion called Resurrection of Compassion. Oh what freedom we can experience when we stop beating ourselves up for things that have happened in the past, and start believing that we are worthy recipients of God’s grace.
One of my favorite verses is Psalm 103:8, which says “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” This verse serves as a constant reminder of our Lord’s love for each of us, but how quickly life causes us to lose sight of this promise.
If you’re anything like me, I desperately need this reminder on a daily basis. Even though I have allowed God to erase the regrets of my past, I still stumble and mess up – waaayyy too often. In fact on some days, as I lay in my bed at night, I fall into the trap of reliving all the things I did wrong during the day rather than turning them over to God. That’s exactly when I need to remember the promise found in this Psalm.
When we begin to entertain those thoughts of self condemnation or feel tempted to think the worst about ourselves, it helps to focus on what God has to say about us instead. Our thoughts may be pulled towards criticism and unworthiness, while His Word offers understanding, grace, mercy and compassion. Thankfully, His Word is full of reassurances of how much He loves us, and how nothing we do, or don’t do, can separate us from that love.
When we accept Him, He accepts us, no strings attached. Compassion in its highest form.
Below are a few more scriptures to tuck into our hearts and refer to when we need a dose of holy compassion.
2 Corinthians 1:3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
Isaiah 49:15-16a Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
Psalm 69:16-17 Answer my prayers, O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful.
Lamentations 3:22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
Do you have a favorite verse about the Lord’s compassion?
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