Mark 6:34 – And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
God never changes. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is love. And it is one of the Christian’s great objectives in life to identify that love, and know how to tap into it at every level. Think of this for a moment. God loves the sinner, but if the sinner never accepts the Lordship of Jesus, that sinner will go to hell, and ultimately be consigned to the lake of fire for eternity. This is not because God does not love the sinner, but because the sinner never accepted that love.
With that in mind, it would serve every believer well to recognize the three great manifestations of the love of God. We recognize them as a part of the nature of God, but sadly, I don’t believe we have clearly recognized them as the AGAPE love of God. I believe there are three clearly distinct manifestations of Father’s great love towards mankind. All three are clearly the heart of God, all three carry certain blessings and benefits, and all three are available to every human being if they are recognized and received. The three manifestation are mercy, compassion, and grace. While we’ll identify all three, along with their blessings and benefits, and the atmosphere in which they flow, our focus for a few days will be on the second manifestation – COMPASSION.
As the believer comes to a clearer and deeper understanding of these three wonderful and powerful manifestations of God’s love, it will make so many other things so much clearer in how the Lord works in the lives of men to reveal Who He is and what His marvelous plans and desires are for all mankind. And here, once again, I reiterate a truth that many people in the body of Christ don’t seem to grasp. GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL. GOD IS IN CHARGE. And there is a vast difference. Think about it. Knowing as we do, Who God is, if He were in control, how many lost people would there be in the world? The point is simple. It is not his will that any should perish, yet multitudes go to hell each day. It is because they are in control of their own choice; to accept or reject Jesus; to accept or reject His boundless love that never fails. It is there before the entire world. The choice is theirs. Because the Lord is in charge, He offers them a choice. If He were in control, He would make the choice of life for them.
Manna for Today – Mark 6:30-44; Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14; Matthew 15:2; Matthew 20:34; Mark 1:41; Mark 5:19; Mark 8:2; Luke 7:13; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; Deuteronomy 30:19