Of Compassion And Mercy
Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of
thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Ps. 45:6.
Though now He has ascended to the presence of God, and shares
the throne of the universe, Jesus has lost none of His compassionate nature.
Today, the same tender, sympathizing heart is open to all the woes of humanity.
Today the hand that was pierced is reached forth to bless more abundantly
His people that are in the world. . . .
Through all our trials we have a never-failing Helper. He
does not leave us alone to struggle with temptation, to battle with evil,
and be finally crushed with burdens and sorrow. Though now He is hidden from
mortal sight, the ear of faith can hear His voice saying, Fear not; I am with
you. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore”
Those who put away iniquity from their hearts and stretch
out their hands in earnest supplication unto God will have that help which
God alone can give them. A ransom has been paid for the souls of men, that
they may have an opportunity to escape from the thralldom of sin and obtain
pardon, purity, and heaven. . . . Those who frequent the throne of grace,
offering up sincere, earnest petitions for divine wisdom and power, will not
fail to become active, useful servants of Christ. They may not possess great
talents, but with humility of heart and firm reliance upon Jesus they may
do a good work in bringing souls to Christ. . . .
Thousands have a false conception of God and His attributes.
. . . God is a God of truth. Justice and mercy are the attributes of His throne.
He is a God of love, of pity and tender compassion. Thus He is represented
in His Son, our Saviour. He is a God of patience and long-suffering. If such
is the being whom we adore and to whose character we are seeking to assimilate,
we are worshiping the true God.
If we are following Christ, His merits, imputed to us, come
up before the Father as sweet odor. And the graces of our Saviour’s
character, implanted in our hearts, will shed around us a precious fragrance.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 203, 204.