[LISTEN] Rhapsody of Realities Audio October 8 2023 By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (Christ Embassy)
Theme: Compassion – A Strong Desire To Remove Pain
Today’s devotional teaches that compassion involves recognizing suffering with a strong desire to remove pain. God is described as full of compassion, always desiring to bless and help His children. Believers are encouraged to embrace this same compassion and make a positive difference in the lives of others.
- God’s Compassion: The devotional starts by highlighting that God is not just compassionate but is “full of compassion.” This means that God recognizes the sufferings of others and desires to alleviate that suffering. Compassion goes beyond sympathy or mere identification with suffering; it is driven by a strong desire to remove pain.
- Distinction from Sympathy and Mercy: The text distinguishes compassion from sympathy and mercy. While sympathy is about identifying with someone’s suffering and does not necessarily involve taking action, compassion involves a strong desire to change the situation. Mercy, on the other hand, involves forbearance shown, especially to an offender, while compassion is focused on relieving suffering.
- God’s Desire to Bless: The devotional emphasizes that God is always moved with a desire to bless, help, and change the situation of His children. He is described as gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy and truth.
- Believers’ Compassion: The text encourages believers to embrace the same compassion that God has. It suggests that believers should recognize the sufferings of others and be moved with a burning desire to alleviate their pain and make a positive difference in their lives through the Word and the Holy Spirit.
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