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“Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”
 
that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful
The only time this word “compassionate” occurs in the New Testament is in this verse.  “Compassionate” means many bowled, full of pity, very kind.  It comes from two words: much and heart. 
Ex. 34:6 “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth…’”
Nu. 14:18 ‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.
Ps 86:5 “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.”
PRINCIPLE: 
We know God’s compassion by His promises. 
APPLICATION: 
The compassion and mercy of God do not seem real to us when we go through deep trial.  We know that God has compassion toward us because the Word of God says that He does.  We claim God’s compassion on our lives by faith in the promises. 
Rom. 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Eph. 2:4-7 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Lam. 3:22-23 “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.”
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