Merciful Jesus
Lord of Compassion

by Pastor John Hamel


“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)


The verse of Scripture you just read is one of the greatest revelations in the entire Bible.  It clears up any questions one might have about who is causing all the problems in the world.  


Jesus said if it’s killing, stealing or destroying anyone or anything in any way that Satan is doing it, not God.  Jesus said that Satan is the “damner” and that He is the “Blesser.” 


Did you get that?  Only good things come from God and Jesus. (James 1:17)  All evil comes from Satan. Period.


This is a tremendous revelation the people in the Old Testament didn’t have.  Back then God got blamed for everything, good or bad.  Jesus came to clear that mess up.  He made Himself perfectly clear, clearing up the “Misconception of the Ages” in one simple verse of Scripture.  “If it’s good, it’s God.  If it’s bad, it’s Satan.” 


Get a hold of this and you’ll stop running from God when troubles come.  You’ll find yourself running to Him.  That’s what He wants, too!  


It breaks His heart when bad things happen to people and they blame Him for it.  


It breaks His heart when people don’t resist sickness and poverty because they think He’s doing it for their good.  That’s just not “Bible” teaching


Jesus said Satan is the Troublemaker, not Him or His Father.  


God and Jesus are merciful.


“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” (2Corinthians 1:3)


The Bible calls God the “Father of Mercies” and the “God of all Comfort.”  He’s the Father of Mercies because mercy was spawned by Him.  He is the originator of mercy.  Mercy comes from Him.  


Most people don’t know this.  God eagerly yearns to show mercy and comfort when we’re going through the storms of life.


The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” (Psalm 145:8-9)


Religion teaches that God is full of anger and slow to compassion.  That’s the opposite of what the Bible teaches.  


God is slow to anger, not to compassion and mercy.  You don’t know “slow” until you encounter God’s slow.  


His tender mercies, not His anger, hover over all of His works.  This means His mercy is upon you even now because He made you.  You are His workmanship.


“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)


So we see from the Bible that God’s mercy and compassion is on you now!  


In the New Testament the words “mercy” and “compassion” have the identical meaning.  They both mean, “Eager yearning.  Sympathy and pity.” 


God eagerly yearns for us to run to Him, not away from Him, in times of need and trouble.  He wants to show us sympathy and pity.  


This is what Jesus came to teach and to show us


Say, “Jesus, You’re the MAN OF MERCY and You’re my choice” (Romans 10:13) and you’ll be taking the first step into God’s Mercy and Compassion.


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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