“The Father of compassion [mercies] and the God of all comfort” 2 Cor. 1:3
When I was a preschooler I developed whooping cough and so did my older brother and younger sister. My Mother took care of my siblings and my father was responsible for me. I can recall one night of illness being held in his arms. Every time I coughed until I was sick he would be ever so gentle with me and sought to sooth my anxiety. My father was massive man whose powerful arms had been shaped by years of exercise as a farmer. As a child I believed he was the strongest man in the world.
During the night after I had a series of coughing spells I noticed something about my Father I had never seen before. Tears were running down his face. Somehow I sensed that those tears were for me though he did not explain the tears. I continued to be ill through the night but the silent love expressed by my Father’s tears comforted me greatly and I felt safe as he held me close.
Here in our text we have a remarkable description of our heavenly Father. We are to see the Father as ever so loving and gentle with us. The first term means mercy or compassion and in the Bible there are two words often used for God’s action towards those who believe in Jesus.