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Compassion of God

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An aspect of God’s nature which is reflected in his sympathetic understanding of human weakness and his restoration of those in trouble.


God is compassionate by nature

2 Corinthians 1:3 NLT
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
See also Ex 33:19; Ex 34:6; Ps 86:15; Ps 103:8; Ps 116:5; Ps 119:156; Ho 1:7; Joe 2:13

God shows compassion as a parent

Psalm 103:13–14 NLT
The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.
See also Is 49:15–16; Is 63:15–16; Je 31:20

God shows compassion to all

Psalm 145:8–9 NLT
The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.

God shows compassion to those in deep trouble

Isaiah 49:13 NLT
Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering.
See also Ex 22:27; 2 Ki 13:22–23; Ps 40:1–2; Ps 40:11–12; Ps 69:16–17; Is 30:18; La 3:22; La 3:32; Zec 10:6; Jas 5:11

God shows compassion towards sinners

Nehemiah 9:17 NLT
They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them,
See also Dt 13:17; Ne 9:28; Ps 51:1–2; Ps 103:3–4; Is 54:7–8; Is 60:10; Da 9:9; Mic 7:19

The return from exile shows God’s compassion to sinners

Ezekiel 39:25 NLT
“So now, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will end the captivity of my people; I will have mercy on all Israel, for I jealously guard my holy reputation!
See also Dt 30:2–3; Je 12:15; Je 30:18; Je 33:26

God’s deeds show his compassion

Psalm 111:3–4 NLT
Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails. He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our Lord!
See also Ps 102:14; Is 14:1; Is 63:7

God’s compassion is essential to believers’ well-being

Psalm 119:77 NLT
Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight.
See also Ps 77:8–9; Is 63:15

God’s compassion is reflected in acts of human compassion

Colossians 3:12 NLT
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
See also 2 Ch 30:9; Je 42:12; Zec 7:9; Lk 6:36; Eph 4:32

Jesus Christ reflects God’s compassion

Hebrews 4:15 NLT
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
See also Lk 1:72; Lk 15:20
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