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The God of Sympathy

Hebrews 4:15-16 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need”.

The first step to showing true compassion or sympathy is to be able to identify with the struggles of the other person. A person who has experienced poverty and hunger, can easily identify with the homeless and the poor. One who has experienced the loss of a loved one is able to comfort the one grieving.

Similarly, God through Christ Jesus experienced what if feels like to be human, hence He sympathizes with our weaknesses and does not deal with us according to our sins (Psalm 103:10). We have a merciful and a loving Father; and a High Priest who identifies with us and intercedes for us. We are therefore encouraged to draw closer with our burdens, our worries, our imperfections (etc.) to receive grace and mercy.

In every challenge or struggle you face, the best place to be is in the presence of God. His mercy and grace brings renewal, transformation and hope for those who will but only enter and seek Him. Be encouraged to go to the Lord in prayer today; He hears and He will answer.

PR. Chris Eke