God’s Compassion

God’s character revealed through stories — Andrew Fountain: June 11, 2017

Goal

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

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

1. Compassion & grace to everyone

Hannah’s Prayer

Hannah's Prayer

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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

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.

How should we respond to this?

2. Grace in bringing us into his family

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

Jacob’s Dream

Jacob's Dream

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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.”

How should we respond to this?

  1. Admit that you need his forgiveness, you need his help, you can’t do it yourself
  2. Trust yourself to his leadership for your life. Surrender control to him, trusting that he will give you life

3. A continuing relationship of compassion and grace

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

City of David

City of David

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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?

How should we respond to this?

Our Response

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.

The voice in your head that

  1. I’m out of alignment with what God is saying about me.
  2. We reduce our effectivness as people
  3. People who don’t receive God’s compassion, rarely know how to give it to others

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

Updated on 2017-06-12 by Andrew Fountain