Our Compassionate God
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
Jesus felt joy. He felt anger. He grieved when loved ones died and celebrated when loved ones married. He laughed, He cried and He felt emotional and physical pain by suffering far beyond our comprehension. He knew right from wrong and was tempted in every way but never once gave in. In Hebrews 4:14-16, the author tells us that as a result of Jesus’ death and resurrection we have access to an empathic God who has walked in our shoes. We can be assured that Jesus knows our heartaches, our pains and the temptations we face. Jesus understands our deepest thoughts and feelings, and He wants to help us with our needs.
By the grace of God, admission to Heaven is given to us once we believe in and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. However, our life and story do not end there – it really is just beginning. We will experience joy, we will have sorrow, we will get sick and we will be tempted even after we become Christians. As the writer of Hebrews declares, we must firmly (not softly) hold on to our faith during good and bad times, knowing that we have Jesus advocating for us in Heaven. Because of Jesus, we can and should boldly approach God’s throne through prayer to seek help and to experience His compassion without judgment. God gives mercy lavishly, and we can find His grace to endure whatever we face.
Today’s prayer: Jesus my Lord, I am so grateful for Your grace and compassion. Thank You for understanding my thoughts, my feelings and my actions and loving me anyway. Help me, Lord, to always seek You and Your grace, and help me to be able to demonstrate Your grace and love to another person today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.