May 2020 – The Month of God’s Compassion
At this crucial time of the world history, God’s compassion is needed more than ever, to silence the voice of COVID-19 and all the problems it has brought to people’s lives. One of God’s Hebrew names is Rakhum which means a deep inward feeling of loving concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of His Children and wanting to help. Our God is a Compassionate God. Compassion is an aspect of God’s nature which is reflected in His sympathetic understanding of human weakness and His willingness to restore those in trouble. God’s Compassion and Mercy are used interchangeably in some Bible versions.
God revealed Himself to Moses in Exodus 34:5-7 as a compassionate God “…. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness…”
God’s compassion is sometimes likened to a father’s love as seen in Psalms 103:13-14 which says “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” But Isaiah 49:15-16 shows that God’s compassion is greater than that of a mother to a child, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely, they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
God’s compassion is reflected in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is God’s love towards mankind that made God to send His only begotten Son to the world, that whosoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). The ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ is based on compassion. At the beginning of His ministry in Luke 4:18, He read out loud from the book of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Jesus did all His miracles from a heart of compassion. He looked at the deprived state of the sick, the hungry, the widow, the lame, the blind and made them whole. Through His compassion, He brought the dead to life (Luke 7 & John 11). Matthew 9:36 says, ” When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” May the Lord have compassion on us in Jesus name.
With all that is going on in the world today, what the world needs most is God’s compassion. We need protection from the noisome pestilence, we need healing, we need restoration of our lives and economic resources. The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
God is able to show compassion to all, but what are the requirements for God’s compassion:
*Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, because God sent the Lord to the world to show His compassion (John 3:16)
*Humility before God, and moving away from sin and wickedness (Jonah 3; 4:2) God had compassion on the people of Nineveh, the Gentile nation and an enemy of the children of Israel because the king of Nineveh and all his people repented before God.
*Fear the Lord-As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13.
*Praise God at all times, because God dwells in the praises of His children (Psalm 22:3).
– Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I am sorry for all my sins, I repent of my pride, iniquities, and wickedness.
– Father, I ask for Your mercy, every error, mistake, sin that the devil is using against me, let them come to an end today in the mighty Name of Jesus.
– Father because of Your compassion, let today mark the end of every judgement against me and my family, in the mighty Name of Jesus.
– Father bring the wickedness of the wicked to an end in my life (Isaiah 49:25).
– Father have compassion on every family and your Church and let the voice of COVID 19 be silent in Jesus name.
– Father by Your mercy, let there be restoration, Spiritually, Physically, Materially, Emotionally, Economically and in all aspects of our lives in Jesus name.
Thank you LORD because you are gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Welcome to May 2020, the month’s of God’s Compassion. May the Lord be gracious and merciful unto us in Jesus name.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Lillian Haastrup