Daily Reflections

Compassion Unlimited

July 26, 2021 Erin Davis

For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. —Romans 7:19

Like the apostle Paul—and like all of us—my life is lived on the teeter-totter of sin. I want to live righteously, but I don’t. I want to run away from the things God has “forbidden” but find myself running toward them instead. There are times that I can’t help but wonder if God will give up on me. He won’t. He has promised to be “faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). There is no expiration date, no statute of limitations, and no quota of grace God refuses to go past.

Creation isn’t the only tool God uses to reveal who He is (Rom. 1:20). He has graciously given us His Word as a road map to His character. When we use the Bible as the lens to see our sin, we see that though we’re sinful and spiritually weak, God responds to us like He did to our parents in the Garden—with compassion.

Make it Personal

When you consider God’s response to your sin, what words come to mind? How does adding “compassion” to your list shift your view of God?