Lamentations 3:22-23 New Compassions Daily

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is  your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

As the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon, there was a lot of destruction and suffering. At the time, there did not seem to be a lot of hope. The end could not be seen and it appeared as though God had completely abandoned them for all eternity. Yet, Jeremiah notes that God’s love is so great that they would not be completely destroyed. Despite what was going on around them, he could see God’s compassion for them being renewed each day.

When people are going through hard times, they often feel as though they are completely alone and that God has abandoned them. It is common for a person to feel as though God is full of anger and hate, not wanting anything to do with him ever again.

These hard times can be something physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or one of many other difficulties in life. The pain that one is feeling is real.

You may be going through a situation right now in your life, or you may have gone through one, or you will go through one some day. Jesus had said that you will have troubles in this world.

As you are going through a troubling time, keep in mind that God has promised you life and salvation through Jesus. There is a hope that one day Jesus will return and take you away from all the troubles of this world.

Another thing to remember is that no matter how difficult your situation is, it could be worse. The situation could be worse if you had no hope of salvation. If you do not believe in Jesus, then you can only look forward to an eternity of separation from God. As long as you are believing in Jesus and trusting in His work in your life, you have the hope of eternity in heaven.

As you get up each morning, realize God has spared your life on this earth for a purpose. He is showing you great love in keeping you going forward. Do not lose hope or give up. You may be hard-pressed, but you are not crushed or destroyed. Trust God through the tough times because He is faithful and will not abandon you.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s faithfulness; that you will know God’s love and compassion; and that you will have hope in Jesus. 

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Jeremiah 12:15 Uproot And Rebuild

But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. Jeremiah 12:15

God states that He will uproot all the nations that came against Israel. The people had expected this. Those nations were considered wicked nations because they had taught Israel to follow false gods. Most people expected God to completely destroy these nations, however, God states that He will have compassion on them and restore them also, when they choose to follow Him.

The expectation of the wicked being destroyed is a common thought, even to this day. Many Christians go around talking about how the wicked will be destroyed and that there is no hope for them. God does not work that way. He does not want anyone to be destroyed.

God’s compassion runs very deep for every person on this earth. Christians need to remember where they came from. At some point in their life, every believer was a wicked person. They may not be wicked in comparison to some people, but when compared up against God, every person is extremely wicked. God has never sinned in any way or at any time. How many sins has every Christian made, since becoming a believer?

As you look around you in life, you will see people doing very wicked things. From man’s point of view it looks as if it is hopeless for those people. You may desire for God to come down and destroy all the people. Seek God to know and understand His compassion for those people.

Rather than destroy them, seek to restore them to God. God has created every human being on this earth. Since He created them, they came from Him and are His. All have walked away from Him and need to be restored back to Him.

Take time today to work at restoring some person back to God. Do this by showing His love and compassion to them. They do not need to be destroyed, but loved. Instead of condemnation and showing them how they are wrong, show them who God is and how great His love is. Show them what living for God really looks like. Show them the joy and peace that can be found in Jesus. This will go a lot further, then just condemning them.

I pray today that you will know God’s compassion and love for the lost people; that you will have God’s love for the lost people; that you will seek to restore people to God; and that you will not condemn people because of their choices or actions.

Psalm 145:8 Slow To Anger

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Psalm 145:8

As things go wrong in a person’s life, the first thing many feel is that it is because God is angry with them. The feeling that God is in the process of judging them for what they had done wrong.

These feelings come because of the way many are treated by those in the church. Judgement comes very quickly. Christians are often very angry with those in the world and quickly judge them as bad people.

People in the church often forget how gracious and compassionate God is towards them. They forget how sinful they really were and often still are. Many forget how horrible each one of their sins are.

Keep in mind that if you sin one time, that sin brings the judgement of immediate death upon your head. God does not serve out that sentence immediately. He is gracious and compassionate with you.

God knows that you are human and will fail and fall short of His glory. He made provision for that. He chose to send His Son Jesus to pay the price for your sin.

Think about how quickly you or someone you know rises in anger against someone else. If someone were to kill your son in cold blooded murder, what would your immediate reaction be? Most people would be to want to strike back in anger, judgement and punishment.

Unlike humans, God is very slow to anger. He has been putting up with mankind’s ways of living in sin for thousands of years. Each and every person deserves punishment in the worst way. Yet, His great love holds His anger and judgement back.

God does not want any person to die in sin, and this includes you. When things are going rough in your life, it is not necessarily God judging you. It may be God attempting to get your focus back onto Him. Everything works out for your benefit because of God’s great love for you.

So when things are rough or someone is being bad towards you, remember God’s great love and compassion. Take on His being gracious towards others and do not get so angry with them. Show God’s love towards them.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love and compassion in your life; that God will help you not get so angry; that you will be rich with God’s love towards others; and that you will be His light in this world.

Psalm 120:7 Seeking Peace, Finding War

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. Psalm 120:7

All over the world most people desire to have peace instead of war. Battles are being fought daily in many different nations. People fight others for many different reasons, even though there are many who would love to have peace.

Believers should be seeking peace also, even though they are in the midst of a battle for their lives. The peace that should be sought out, is not the peace that the world thinks of. This peace is the peace that comes between them and God. It is an inner peace that overcomes everything.

As the believer seeks to present that peace to those in the world, the devil rises up in opposition and seeks to make war with him. The peace that the believer is trying to make is peace between God and man. The world does not accept God and does not want that type of peace. This is where the war is brought about.

In order for a believer to present God’s type of peace, he must show love, compassion, and mercy to those in the world. Not every believer shows these attributes of God to the world.

It is common to hear Christians bashing non-believers, condemning them to hell, and showing hatred. The words that many speak are not the true words of God. Yes, God hates the sin, but He does love the sinner.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He spoke of the peace of God and showed love, mercy and compassion. Yet, the world made war with Him and crucified Him. You will have it no differently.

As you go through your days, you need to be showing the world the peace that God can and will offer. Show the peace that comes through knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. While there will be some who will accept the message you bring, there will be some who will make war with you.

Do not give up when there is war against you. Put on the armor of God and stand your ground, not seeking to fight and condemn, but fight to show God’s true love to this fallen world. You are in a battle for your soul and the souls of other people.

Are you seeking peace?

Or just seeking to fight in a war?

I pray today that you will know the peace of God; that you will present God’s peace to the world; that God will strengthen you in the battles that will come; and that you will be an example of God’s love to the world.

Psalm 103:8 Slow To Anger And Full Of Love

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

The world tries to point God out as one who is extremely strict and harsh on people. Viewing the various rules God laid out, many believe that God is out to get them or cause them to make mistakes.

In current times, many claim that God must be a hater because He does not allow a person to live any way that person wants to live. God restricts a person’s freedom, so He is not very caring.

Others will say God must not be compassionate because He allowed some loved one to get sick or to die. God as seen by many, just like a human, with human faults.

Sadly, many believers fall into these ways of thinking. A believer makes a mistake in his life and sins against God. Then the person feels as though he had committed the unpardonable sin and cannot go back to God for forgiveness, because he has already repented many times for the same sin.

Some believers will live trying to follow all the rules of God out of the fear of God that He will strike them dead for breaking a rule.

God is not sitting up in heaven looking down at you waiting for you to sin. He does not have a club that He is waiting to hit you with on the head because you sinned against Him.

He is waiting up in heaven watching for you to turn to Him and trust Him. God wants you to ask Him for help. He understands your humanity. Remember He made you, and Jesus was fully human also.

Jesus is sitting in heaven interceding for you on your behalf. God loves you with an everlasting love. Unlike humans, He does not get angry quickly. If God got angry as quickly as most people do, no one would be alive today.

God is there for you and works with you where you are at. All you need to do is follow Him and trust Him. Let God’s Holy Spirit guide you in how to live your life. Love God with all of your heart and it will be easy to turn from sin. Lean on His compassion, love and grace.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s compassion for you; that you will know God’s grace towards you; and that you will live for God in all that you do.

Romans 15:5 Attitude Of The Mind

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had” Romans 15:5

The attitude of the mind can make or break a person. It can be the difference between accomplishing something or giving up. Paul is asking that God may give each believer the same attitude toward each other that Jesus had.

What was the attitude that Jesus had towards others people? It was one of love, compassion, and serving. Jesus showed love towards the Samaritan woman at the well who was living in adultery. He showed compassion to many who were sick. He served the apostles by washing their feet when it was not His duty to do so.

Doing these things are not always easy to do. God will give the endurance and encouragement to do them. The encouragement is to help you want to do these things. When you look at all that God and Jesus has done for you, it becomes an encouragement to do the same for others.

God will also give you the needed endurance. It is time-consuming and energy burning to love and serve other people. This is especially true for those who are not receptive of that love and service, or to those who are abusive in some way. God will give you the strength to keep going forward when everything in you wants to quit.

Jesus went all the way through extreme persecution to the point of death on the cross in His love, compassion, and service for you. His mind was set on the end, not the current troubles and challenges. Imagine how exhausted He was as He was still going to the cross. Yet, it was a joy for Him to do what He was doing, because He knew it was God’s desire and He loved everyone.

Ask God today how you can show love, compassion, and service to others today. Don’t just show it to other believers, but to everyone, including the unlovely God-haters. Put on the mind that Jesus had and accept the encouragement and endurance God is willing to give you.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to love and serve others; that you know the attitude of the mind of Jesus; that your mind will be the same as that of Jesus; that your attitude will be a correct one in everything you do; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through you.