You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Luke 6:36 (NLT)
The word "oiktirmón" is translated as "merciful" in many English translations of the Bible, however, other translations render it as "compassionate". Why? Because it is more than mercy. It is tender mercy. The heart has been deeply stirred to the point that one has empathy for another. I believe this is the type of mercy God has towards us. It is "heartfelt".
There have been specific times in my life when I have been truly aware of the compassion of God towards me. I mean, fully aware. His love and His tenderness is completely overwhelming. Just writing about it moves me to tears. Jesus' statement, however, is very sobering. He says that I must be compassionate, just as God is compassionate. Am I? I do not like the answer for far too often, I am not.
Luke 6:36 is not a suggestion. It is a command given to us by Jesus and it shows the world proof of God's love.
[quote]The word "oiktirm³n" is translated as "merciful" in many English translations of the Bible, however, other translations render it as "compassionate". Why? Because it is more than mercy. [b]It is tender mercy[/b] . The heart has been deeply stirred to the point that one has empathy for another. I believe this is the type of mercy God has towards us. It is "heartfelt".[/quote]
Yes, "tender mercy." I like that!--and...
the scripture passages in Psalm 86: 13, 15 & 16 that read:
[quote]13 For great is thy [b]mercy[/b] toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. 15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in [b]mercy[/b] and truth. 16 O turn unto me, and have [b]mercy[/b] upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. [/quote]
I think when we reflect upon those times when we've [b]not[/b] been [b]merciful[/b] as we should have, or when those times come to mind w/out our intentional reflection upon them, we become more sorrowful; and sorrowfulness has a way of teaching us many things about our carnal nature; especially about the need for us to become more merciful.
[u]You're not alone in this[/u] ; we are all guilty. But thank God, for each moment that we have to try to do better.
[center][q]He says that I must be compassionate, just as God is compassionate. Am I? I do not like the answer for far too often, I am not.[/q] [/center]
A truth which applies to us all. It is especially hard for me to be compassionate toward my neighbors who differ so radically from the kind of person I perceive myself to be. I find it difficult to respect men who wear the seat of their pants around their thighs with their underwear exposed for the world to see, or people who turn the volume up on the device playing their music until it is loud enough to be heard for blocks, and don't get me started on same sex couples. I don't want to see your underwear, I don't want to hear your music, and I don't want to see your perversions acted out. The problem with that kind of thinking is that our God doesn't allow me to pick who I will be compassionate toward. On the other hand, it isn't a God-given right for anyone to be so self-centered as to not care what affect they have on their neighbor and He doesn't require me to accept their behavior as normal. However, as you so aptly point out, He does require me to show them Jesus. God sent us (Christians) out to preach repentance. The greatest compassion we can show the unsaved is to introduce them to the gospel.
Thanks for a great blog and I pray that all who read it are as moved as I was by what you shared.
Your brother in Christ,