Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your Word and your servants who put your wisdom in writing for us know. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
In the presence of compassion
9 The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
People who have compassion for others, have obviously received it from others. They know or feel what it is like to suffer. They do not send those in need away with only words. Our devotion writer writes; “Compassion expresses a deeper feeling than pity and possesses the capacity to suffer with another person.”
Jesus saw the pain of others. He suffered with them. He does this even today, but we are to be His emissaries. We are now His hands and feet. We know His compassion as He has shown to us through His Word and through those who have shown us compassion in His name.
Our devotion writer illustrates; “When have I received compassion from someone? It was when a friend took time to listen to my pain. It was when someone stayed with me through the long hours. It was when few questions were asked, but much love was given. Then, I was in the presence of compassion.”
Prayer: “Loving God, create in us compassionate hearts. In Christ’s name. Amen.
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. 11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, 12 to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. 14 The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.