Bible Explorer for the Young (Jonah & Obadiah)

Day 5 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

God Is Compassionate




Psalm 103:13


As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;




Jonah was unhappy when God forgave the people in Nineveh. Jonah felt the people of Nineveh did not deserve forgiveness as their wickedness was way too big. He could not understand why God gave them a second chance. He simply could not forgive the wrongdoing these people had done. Jonah was angry with God for forgiving them.


Unlike Jonah, God is full of compassion. Full of compassion means full of mercy, sympathy and pity to others. God had compassion over the people of Nineveh and was willing to give them a second chance when they repented and turned back to Him.


God is sympathetic toward the suffering of His people. God sees our distress and feels our misery. His compassion is more than mere sympathy and pity! God's compassion is related to His unfailing mercy, unlimited patience, amazing grace and forgiveness.


Let us have the same compassion as God! We can start by doing simple things like volunteering in an orphanage, holding the door of the elevator for the elderly or a disabled person, giving up our seat for a pregnant lady, etc.




Prayer


Dear God, please fill my heart with Your love and compassion. Amen.