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“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;” Psalms 103:13 NIV


This verse tells us a couple of things about God:


- That he considers our relationship to him as that of a Father and his children

- And that he has compassion on us (that is, sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of us)



How amazing to be considered a child of God and to receive his compassion! Even if you are not a parent you will likely understand that the love for ones own children is incomparable. It is certainly easier to have compassion on your own children. In fact, I find that it is easier to have compassion on children in general. They are for the most part small, unknowledgeable and inexperienced.


In comparison to our Heavenly Father who is massive and all knowing, we are indeed like young children. Compared to God we are small, unknowledgeable and have a view of the world that is not very accurate.


However, God’s view and perception of the world is true and accurate. If He thinks something is a certain way, then that’s the way that it really is!


When considering this, we should humble ourselves before Him and trust in our loving Father, he knows best.


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5


And we can certainly trust that God will have compassion on us.


What’s so amazing about this and about the fact that God considers us as his own children is that he does not need to! Even though he created us, He is not obligated to regard us as His in any way because we abandoned God when we chose sin. Humans walked away from the Lord when we chose our way instead of his.


Yet just like the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31), when we come back to God and repent he will always accept us and forgive us our sins. When we return to fearing the Lord he has compassion on us.


Just as the Lord has compassion on us, we should have compassion on others.


“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12 NIV


It’s not always easy to love others. When you are struggling, think back to how God has had compassion on you, even in your wayward walking.


Ask Him through prayer to fill you with His love for others.


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