Psalm 103:8 “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”

The phrase “compassionate and gracious” appears 10 times in the scriptures. If there is a phrase that characterizes our God it is this one. The Lord is gracious and compassionate. That’s who He is. Full of grace. Full of compassion. The word translated compassion is only used to describe God. His compassion is so different from ours that it has its own word. Webster’s definition of compassion is, “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Our God is all knowing. So His consciousness, His awareness of out distress, is infinitely greater than any knowledge of or understanding that we may have. And as much as we might feel for another person’s distress and wish to do something about it, we fall so far short of our loving and passionate Father. His abounding love is perfect. His desire is only for our good. He never has a wrong motive. And, most importantly, He can do something about our situation. He can alleviate our distress. Most of the time we only wish that we could. No wonder there is a unique word for God’s compassion. Our God is compassionate and gracious!

Do you know the Father’s grace and compassion? Have you experienced it? How does it feel to receive these gifts from him? Even though we don’t even come close to being able to be gracious and compassionate like God, would others describe you as being compassionate and gracious? Who in your life today needs to receive your compassion, your grace? Can you show it to them today?