Sometimes, my tank of compassion runs out.
Do you know what I mean?
People disappoint you…again.
People commit the same sin…again.
People make stupid decisions…again.
Frankly, it just wears me out and I get tired of extending mercy. So, I get irritated, judgmental and I just want to give up on people.
I am really glad that God is better than me.
God is long on compassion and that’s a good thing because we all need it. It’s easy to get frustrated by the sins and short comings of others, but what about our failures? What about our repeat offenses? What about our lack of judgement?
Those misdeeds are against God. Our sins may or may not be against others, but they are always against God. After David had violated the marriage of Bathsheba and Uriah, he cried out to God “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” -Psalm 51:4
And what does God have for us? Love, mercy, grace…compassion.
But here is the best part of God’s Compassion.
It doesn’t run out like mine.
It is new each and every day of our lives.
If you know one passage from the book of Lamentations it is Lamentations 3:22-23.
“Because of the Lords great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness.”
Notice that it is compassions…PLURAL. There are lot’s of compassions available in the character of God.
Those compassions NEVER fail. Not once. He doesn’t get tired. The compassion tank never leaks.
God’s compassions are NEW every single morning. When you need them, they are there…brand new.
Here is why I think this is so vital.
Sin can overwhelm us. Failures can overwhelm us. Disappointing God, others and ourselves can overwhelm us.
It doesn’t need to.
However you blew it yesterday, there is compassion for you today. It’s new and so… today is a new day in every way possible.
We do not need to give up. We do not need to resign ourselves to lives of failure. We do not need to endlessly beat ourselves up.
Compassion and all the accompanying grace and mercy and power is available today.
And it’s new…it’s not the strained compassion that I might conjure up for someone. It’s not the last drop in the tank. It is abundant and God is faithful to give it.
We can get up…trust God and begin again.
Boy…I’m glad God is better at compassion than I am.
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