Ministry of Compassion – Part Three

Oh, how thankful I am for the great, unsurpassed grace of God.

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.

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Yesterday I introduced to you the highest, most powerful, most focused manifestation of God’s love.  We know it as grace, but sadly, not many seem to understand that the great, unsurpassed grace of God is the highest manifest form of God’s love.  Take a moment and read a Scripture from our Manna for Today, Ephesians 2:8.  The words of this verse paint a picture of the function of grace that can be applied to every application of grace.  There we read that we are saved “BY grace THROUGH faith.”  Do you see it?  “BY grace THROUGH faith.”  From this passage we must understand that when grace flows into ANY situation, it is THROUGH faith. 

Now take a moment to look at another Scripture in our Manna for Today, Hebrews 4:16.  Once again, this verse needs to be read very closely, fully embracing every part of the statements there.  It is speaking of what happens when someone comes to the Lord in prayer where He is seated upon His throne of grace.  There are two elements referenced here that are available at the throne of grace; mercy and grace.  Once again, look at it closely.  There we read that when one comes “boldly” to the throne of grace, he will “obtain mercy.”  That speaks a simple truth.  God’s mercy is everlasting; it is extended to all generations.  In short, there is no one living who is not a recipient of the mercy of God.  Sinner or saint, old or young, regardless of ethnicity or estate in life, mercy is extended to them. 

But where grace is mentioned, a different expression is used.  While we “OBTAIN mercy,” we “FIND grace.”  Note once again.  When one comes to the throne of grace, mercy is obtained automatically, while grace must be found.  Even in the Old Testament, we see that terminology.  Noah “found grace” in the eyes of the Lord, as did Moses and Gideon.  And since God is no respecter of persons, it only stands to reason that many others did the same.  All that being said, what is the key that enables one to “FIND grace?”  The answer is found in Ephesians 2:8.  Grace comes to us THROUGH faith.  Allow me to use this imagery.  Picture a fire hose; the hose is faith that makes the connection between the supply source to what is needed (water/grace) and the point of the need (quenching the fire/need).  Faith is your connection between your source and your need, and when that connection is firmly fixed, grace, the flow of all God is to provide that need, comes to you.  Oh, how wonderful the love of God in all its manifestations. 

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; Psalm 136; Hebrews 4:16; Ephesians 2:8