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The other day I was talking to someone I have known for a few years.

She ended up telling me something from her past that was so terrible I could not wrap my mind around it. My heart ached and later, when I was alone, the tears spilled. I simply could not comprehend the pain of what had happened to her.

We have spent a lot of time together and I knew a great deal of her story…but not this.

I heard Jesus speak to my heart at that moment (not in audible voice but to my spirit), “Susan, you don’t know…even when you think you do.”

I had no words…because it was true.

There have been so many times I have made assumptions without knowing the whole story.

None of us truly know what others have lived through.

Behind every face that we encounter throughout the day there is a story…a story that contains laughter, heartache, dreams, longings and fears.

There is also pain that no one may ever see.

I don’t want to add to that pain by treating someone as if I know their whole story…because I don’t.

All Jesus asks of me is to do what He would do:  pour out mercy.

His mercy is seen time after time in the Bible as: abundant, exceeding, great, and boundless. It is kind, good, and faithful. (Psalm 86:5; Psalm 108:4). .

I am called simply to love. Without judgment. Without prejudice. With preconception.

I am called to think on “the best and not the worst, the beautiful, not the ugly, things to praise, not things to curse” (Philippians 4:8).

I need to be merciful because I need so much mercy every single day.

My goal is to always keep my eyes on Jesus, to allow Him to pour out His love through me, to love as He loves.

There is a snapshot from Jesus’ life in Scripture that always captivates me. In Matthew 9, we find Jesus thoroughly immersed in ministry…healing the sick, causing the blind to see and the paralyzed to walk, raising the dead, having dinner with Matthew’s friends. The crowds surrounding Him were huge. Verse 36 tells us that “when He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

In the original language that word for compassion means: inward affection, tender mercy, a heart in which mercy resides.

May I have the same heart as my Savior.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. –Luke 6:36



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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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