God’s Compassion

—God’s character revealed through stories

  • Andrew Fountain – June 11, 2017

 
 
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Goal

Understanding God’s compassion is vital for living an authentic Christian life

  • outside
  • and inside

God’s Compassion & Grace

  1. Compassion & grace to everyone
    • especially those in need
    • and particularly those who cry for help
  2. Compassion & grace in bringing us into his family
  3. Continuing relationship of compassion and grace

Hannah’s prayer: 1 Sam 2:1–8

  1. “There is none holy like the LORD; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.…
  2. Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
  3. The bows of warriors are shattered, but those who stumble find their strength reinforced.
  4. The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.
  5. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honour…

Jesus’ compassion

  • When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matt 9:36
  • When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matt 14:14
  • Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Matt 15:32

Matthew 20

  1. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
  2. The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
  3. And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”
  4. They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”
  5. And Jesus in compassion touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.

Luke 7

  1. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.
  2. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
  3. Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”
  4. And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

God’s Compassion & Grace

  1. Compassion & grace to everyone
    • especially those in need
    • and particularly those who cry for help
  2. Compassion & grace in bringing us into his family
  3. Continuing relationship of compassion and grace

Jesus: Matthew 11

  1. Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
  2. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  3. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

God’s Compassion & Grace

  1. Compassion & grace to everyone
    • especially those in need
    • and particularly those who cry for help
  2. Compassion & grace in bringing us into his family
  3. Continuing relationship of compassion and grace

Psalm 51

  1. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!…
  2. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…
  3. Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
  4. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
  5. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 116

  1. I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
  2. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
  3. The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of the grave laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
  4. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!”
  5. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.

Psalm 118

  1. Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free.
  2. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Our Response

  • Many Christians live under a “harsh” God
  • Our experience of authority is that it is not kind and gentle
  • Most of us need a huge change in our view of God
  • He is like the father in the parable of the “lost son”

Nehemiah 9

  1. They refused to obey and did not recall your miracles that you had performed among them. Instead, they rebelled…. But you are a God of forgiveness, merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and unfailing in your loyal love. You did not abandon them,
  2. even when they made a cast image of a calf for themselves and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up from Egypt,’ or when they committed atrocious blasphemies.
  3. “Due to your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. The pillar of cloud did not stop guiding them in the path by day, nor did the pillar of fire stop illuminating for them by night the path on which they should travel.

Conclusion

  1. Be compassionate and grace-filled to others
    • stepping out in dependence on God’s strength
  2. Enjoy God’s gentleness and kindness to you
    • especially in the way you talk to yourself