For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16
In this verse, there are two parts to it. The first part is “sympathize with our weaknesses,” while the second part is “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence.”
Jesus Sympathize With Our Weaknesses
This Bible verse gives us insight into how personal our heavenly father is to us. Many people in society think of God as a supernatural being who lives somewhere above the sky, waiting to punish us for every offense or sin we commit. But what they do not realize is that God loves every one of us intensely, and He knows us better than we even know ourselves and always ready to help us in our weakness or in our time of need.
This Bible verse encourages us to pray more because God understands our weakness and, He is waiting for us to ask Him for help. God is not sitting on His throne angrily waiting for you and me to come to Him for help, but rather He is up there waiting to offer us His grace and mercy and willing to help us overcome our challenges.
Let Us Then Approach The Throne of Grace With Confidence
The above leads us to the second part of the verse that says, let us approach the throne of grace with confidence and receive grace and mercy. Let us always remember that we are God’s children and that He understands our weakness.
One of the worst things we can do as Christian is sit in the mud and feel sorry for ourselves or say how unworthy we are before God. But I want to reassure you that God wants us to come boldly before Him and ask Him for grace and, He is forever willing to forgive us of our sins.
None of us is without sin. We all have made some costly mistakes in life, but God wants to help us change as a person, as well as change our circumstances for our good. But for this to happen, we have to be bold and come to God, who understands our weakness, and ask for the grace to change and become better. Shame is a powerful emotional feeling, and it keeps us from seeking God. We feel unworthy and scared to ask God for anything. But without boldly asking God for grace, how else will we ever change?
What Does the Bible Say About God’s Compassion
1. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. – Psalm 145:8-9
2. And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. – Mark 6:34
3. Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. – Micah 7:18-19
4. Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. – 1 Peter 3:8-9.
5. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassion fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23