Tender Affection

For  the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but My steadfast love shall not depart from you and My covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you. —Isaiah 54:10 (emphasis added).

I really needed to see this Scripture this morning.

Yesterday, I received a phone call from a dear friend who is heartbroken over a recent turn of events. I could hear the exhaustion and sadness in her voice and it brought tears to my eyes. After we spoke, I thought about several other loved ones who are currently in the midst of some major trials and my heart felt heavy. This life can be so hard sometimes.

Yet, this verse gives me such hope. In the original language, the word for compassion means: “to love deeply, have mercy, have tender affection.”

This is the heart of our God for His people.

He is not a disinterested bystander, passively watching as we struggle. He enters into it with us.

If you are going through a rough time this morning, picture Jesus taking your face in His hands and whispering: “I love you deeply. I am filled with mercy and tender affection for you. You are not alone.”

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and I will cause you to rest. I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.” —Jesus (Matthew 11:28).



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3 responses to “Tender Affection

  1. margaret

    The pictures you find for your posts are always so fitting, interesting and often beautiful!

    Your words follow suit.

    Thank you for all!


  2. margaret

    By the way, if anyone is wondering how to “vote” for these posts (the five stars at the top left of each post), all you have to do is roll your cursor over the stars. Land on the star you believe you would give as your vote and click on it. Ta-dah. It’s that simple. :o)


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