Scripture: “The LORD is gracious and righteous; our
God is full of compassion.” (Psalm 116:5)

He Gat you!

What is Compassion?
I want you to imagine that your best friend broke his
leg and has to use crutches everywhere. He’s so tired
and is getting blisters on his hands. So you go out and
buy a pair of crutches and use them alongside him. In
the same way it takes longer and much more effort for
him to go anywhere, so it does for you. Just how he
gets tired and blistered, so do you. You walk alongside
him, even though you don’t have to, feeling his pain
and being his friend. That’s compassion. And it’s the
first word God used to describe Himself.

Beyond Compassion
Compassion literally means to suffer with. When I have
a problem, my mom says she feels it too—that’s the
compassion of a parent. And God has that for you, only
much more: “As a father has compassion on his
children, so the LORD has compassion on those who
fear Him” (Psalm 103:13). But God goes far beyond just
feeling your pain. He chose to take it on Himself, and
completely remove it from you.

Jesus – the Pain Exchanger
When Jesus came to earth, it wasn’t just to show
people a better way to live, or what God is really like,
though I am so thankful He did both! Jesus’ mission
went beyond feeling the pain of being human, with
sickness and sadness and pain: He came to literally
take your pain and suffering for Himself, so that you
could have eternal life with God. Read here what He
did for you, predicted hundreds of years in advance:
He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows,
acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on
Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and
we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses He carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we
thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a
punishment for His own sins! But He was pierced for
our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so
we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be
healed (Isaiah 53:3-5)
Jesus didn’t just feel you pain; He took it from you. It’s
like you had a 50 lb weight around your leg, and He
didn’t just strap one to His feet to feel your pain: He
knelt down, took your weight (and everyone else’s!)
and strapped it to His own leg, so that you could walk
free.

The Deepest Pain
You say, “But I still feel pain!” Yes, you will experience
sadness, sickness, and hardships on this earth. But
Jesus completely changed the root and the ending of
your life. Imagine your life as a bookshelf filled with
books, held together by two bookends. The bookends
used to be rotten and moldy: how your life began in sin
and would end in sin, separated from God. But Jesus
personally took your moldy bookends and replaced
them with His golden ones, giving you His eternal life,
love, and forgiveness.

Come to your Compassionate God
And all the books in between? Jesus completely
understands them. He willingly walked in your shoes
and felt the pain of sickness, loneliness—even
separation from God when He hung on the cross.
Hebrews 4:15 says, “This High Priest of ours
understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the
same testings we do, yet He did not sin.” So that
chapter of loneliness, longing, or hurt, He is reading
right alongside you. God wants you to come to Him as
your compassionate Father, knowing that He is not
going to be cold-hearted toward your pain, but tender-
hearted and caring. Anytime you have a hurt or pain,
run straight to Him! No one understands more or can
carry it better than Jesus.

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