Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Not Passion, But Compassion

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of your possession? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in showing clemency.
—Micah 7:18
The Lord, he is compassionate,
and he is gracious too.
Abounding in his steadfast love,
he is to anger slow.

—Psalm 103:8
Suggested tune (Richmond):
Keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on some who are wavering; save others by snatching them out of the fire; and have mercy on still others with fear, hating even the tunic defiled by their bodies.
—Jude 21-23
Christ conveys his holy, meek, and lamb-like nature to his sincere worshipers and followers. Their righteous souls are vexed indeed with the impure conversations of the wicked, but so as to stir them up—not to passion, but compassion. They are grieved to see people go by droves to hell, and would fain rescue them out of the snares of the devil, but aim not at their destruction.
—Thomas Manton
O Compassionate One, grant to me compassion for other people. When I see someone in need, may I feel their pain and come to their aid with what gifts you have given me. And when I am hurt by another's speech or accusations, may I respond not with hatred or resentment, but with love and humility. Amen.

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