Monday, October 29, 2007

God's Compassion Doesn't Run Out

For the first time in years, I am slowly reading an excellent novel titled Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. The narrator / main character is a teenager who struggles with some form of congestion problems in the cold North Dakota winter. In reference to his young sister’s immature response to his illness, he wrote, It is one thing to be sick of your own infirmities and another to understand that the people you love the most are sick of them also. You are very near then to being friendless in this world.” This comment stuck with me as I read them last night because of the sermon I had preached earlier that day. My last point about the healing power of God was this: God heals today because He has compassion on his people (Mark 1:40-42, Matthew 20:29-34). The comment from the novel reveals that people’s compassion can often run out or fall short. Yet, the compassion of the Lord is sure and secure. He will not run out of compassion for our physical ailments, but His compassion will lead to our healing.

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