Psalm 86:All
    1Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and distressed, needy and desiring.
    2Preserve my life, for I am godly and dedicated; O my God, save Your servant, for I trust in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt].
    3Be merciful and gracious to me, O Lord, for to You do I cry all the day.
    4Make me, Your servant, to rejoice, O Lord, for to You do I lift myself up.
    5For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever]; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You.
    6Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and listen to the cry of my supplications.
    7In the day of my trouble I will call on You, for You will answer me.
    8There is none like unto You among the gods, O Lord, neither are their works like unto Yours.
    9All nations whom You have made shall come and fall down before You, O Lord; and they shall glorify Your Name.
    10For You are great and work wonders! You alone are God.
    11Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your Name.
    12I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your Name forevermore.
    13For great is Your mercy and loving-kindness toward me; and You have delivered me from the depths of Sheol [from the exceeding depths of affliction].
    14O God, the proud and insolent are risen against me; a rabble of violent and ruthless men has sought and demanded my life, and they have not set You before them.
    15But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness and truth.
    16O turn to me and have mercy and be gracious to me; grant strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) to Your servant and save the son of Your handmaiden.
    17Show me a sign of [Your evident] goodwill and favor, that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because You, Lord, [will show Your approval of me when You] help and comfort me.
 
Psalm 94:19
    19In the multitude of my [anxious] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!
 
Psalm 103:10-14
    10He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
    11For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.
    12As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
    13As a father loves and pities [has compassion on] his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].
    14For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust.
 
Psalm 112:1-9
    1Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who fears (reveres and worships) the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.
    2His [spiritual] offspring shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
    3Prosperity and welfare are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
    4Light arises in the darkness for the upright, gracious, compassionate, and just [who are in right standing with God].
    5It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
    6He will not be moved forever; the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) shall be in everlasting remembrance.
    7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord.
    8His heart is established and steady, he will not be afraid while he waits to see his desire established upon his adversaries.
    9He has distributed freely [he has given to the poor and needy]; his righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) endures forever; his horn shall be exalted in honor.
 
Psalm 119:50
     50This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.
 
Psalm 119:76
    76Let, I pray You, Your merciful kindness and steadfast love be for my comfort, according to Your promise to Your servant.
 
Psalm 119:82
    82My eyes fail, watching for [the fulfillment of] Your promise. I say, When will You comfort me?
 
Psalm 145:8-21
    8The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness.
    9The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created].
    10All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You [affectionately and gratefully shall Your saints confess and praise You]!
    11They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power,
    12To make known to the sons of men God's mighty deeds and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
    13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
    14The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down.
    15The eyes of all wait for You [looking, watching, and expecting] and You give them their food in due season.
    16You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing with favor.
    17The Lord is [rigidly] righteous in all His ways and gracious and merciful in all His works.
    18The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.
    19He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.
    20The Lord preserves all those who love Him, but all the wicked will He destroy.
    21My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh [living beings] bless (affectionately and gratefully praise) His holy Name forever and ever.
 

The fathers of the faith exalt God's compassion and goodness:
 
Proverbs 19:17
    17He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.
 
Song of Solomon [Song of Songs] 2:4
    4He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love [for love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near Him].
 
Isaiah 55:6-7
    6Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near.
    7Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity [compassion], and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon.
 
Isaiah 61:1-2
    1The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,
    2To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn
 
Isaiah 63:9
    9In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity [compassion] He redeemed them; and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
 
Isaiah 63:14
    14Like the cattle that go down into the valley [to find better pasturage, refuge, and rest], the Spirit of the Lord caused them to rest. So did You lead Your people [Lord] to make for Yourself a beautiful and glorious Name [to prepare the way for the acknowledgment of Your Name by all nations].
 
Lamentations 3:22-23
    22It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.
    23They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
 
Luke 1:50
    50And His mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age.
 
Luke 1:72
    72To make true and show the mercy and compassion and kindness [promised] to our forefathers and to remember and carry out His holy covenant [to bless, which is all the more sacred because it is made by God Himself],
 
1 Corinthians 10:13
    13For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
 
1 Corinthians 13:All
    1If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God's love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
    2And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God's love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).
    3Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God's love in me), I gain nothing.
    4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
    5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
    6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
    7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
    8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
    9For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).
    10But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).
    11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.
    12For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].
    13And so faith, hope, love abide [faith--conviction and belief respecting man's relation to God and divine things; hope--joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love--true affection for God and man, growing out of God's love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.
 
Philippians 2:1-3
    1So by whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy,
    2Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.
    3Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
 
Colossians 2:2
    2[For my concern is] that their hearts may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).
 
Colossians 3:12-15
    12Clothe yourselves therefore, as God's own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, byputting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity [compassion] and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].
    13Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].
    14And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].
    15And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ's] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
 
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
    16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and gave us everlasting consolation (comfort) and encouragement and well-founded hope through [His] grace (unmerited favor),
    17Comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them [make them steadfast and keep them unswerving] in every good work and word.
 
Titus 3:4-7
    4But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Savior to man [as man] appeared,
    5He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity [compassion] and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
    6Which He poured out [so] richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
    7[And He did it in order] that we might be justified by His grace (by His favor, wholly undeserved), [that we might be acknowledged and counted as conformed to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action], and that we might become heirs of eternal life according to [our] hope.
 
Hebrews 13:6
    6So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?
 
James 3:17
    17But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).
 
James 3:18
    18And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God's will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
 
James 5:11
    11You know how we call those blessed (happy) who were steadfast [who endured]. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the Lord's [purpose and how He richly blessed him in the] end, inasmuch as the Lord is full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy.
 
1 Peter 3:8-9
    8Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in Spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren, compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble).
    9Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying [displaying compassion toward] and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God--that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].
 

As we experience the compassion of our loving Father God, we simultaneously experience comfort. Notice how these two terms are tied together:
 
Isaiah 49:8-13
    8Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate heritages,
    9Saying to those who are bound, Come forth, and to those who are in [spiritual] darkness, Show yourselves [come into the light of the Sun of righteousness]. They shall feed in all the ways [in which they go], and their pastures shall be [not in deserts, but] on all the bare [grass-covered] hills.
    10They will not hunger or thirst, neither will mirage [mislead] or scorching wind or sun smite [harm] them; for He Who has mercy on them will lead them, and by springs of water will He guide them.
    11And I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways will be raised up.
    12Behold, these shall come from afar--and, behold, these from the north and from the west, and these from the land of Sinim (China).
    13Sing for joy, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion upon His afflicted.
 
Matthew 16:24-27
    24Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].
    25For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].
    26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?
    27For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory (majesty, splendor) of His Father with His angels, and then He will render account and reward every man in accordance with what he has done.
 
Psalm 23:All
    1The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
    2He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
    3He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him--not for my earning it, but] for His Name's sake.
    4Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
    5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
    6Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.
 
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
    16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and gave us everlasting consolation (comfort) and encouragement and well-founded hope through [His] grace (unmerited favor),
    17Comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them [make them steadfast and keep them unswerving] in every good work and word.
 
Matthew 5:4
    4Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!
 
Colossians 2:2
    2[For my concern is] that their hearts may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).
 

Because of His love for those with whom we interact, look at His plan for us. This proves His compassion is bound together eternally with His comfort:
 
2 Corinthians 1:2-5
    2Grace (favor and spiritual blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
    3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (compassion and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement),
    4Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.
    5For just as Christ's [own] sufferings fall to our lot [as sufferings came to His disciples, we might also share and experience them], so through Christ comfort (consolation and encouragement) is also [shared and experienced] abundantly by us.
 
 Alternate Text
 
 
Centuries ago, Moses wanted to experience I AM’s power, so he asked to see I AM’s glory.
 
Moses wanted to know I AM by seeing what He could do.
 
Knowing that relationship is greater than power, I AM responded to Moses, not by demonstrating the thunder of His glory, but by revealing the infinite height, depth, and width of His goodness.
 
As Moses grew in his understanding of I AM’s nature and character,

Moses learned that I AM named Himself Moses’ Father, and

His most excellent glory was His infinite goodness.
 
Alternate Text
 
Today, God, the I AM, wants you to know that He doesn’t love you

based on how “good” you are or how well you “perform.”
 
He chose you, individually, as His child before the foundations of the earth.
 
It’s His eternal Truth that nothing you can do can “earn” more love from Him.
 
He loves you not for what you can do ― but for who you are ― because of Who He is.
 
Alternate Text
 
Isaiah 30:18
    18And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to
you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!
 

Do you know that God, your Father, has waited your entire life for this moment?
 
Through His Spirit, He’s been calling you throughout your life, but many things prevented you from responding. Now, He has brought you to this website.
 
He knows you have questions, and He rejoices that you do have questions.
 
What loving Father doesn’t rejoice in His child’s questions? Questions and answers build relationship!
 
This moment, He is listening to you. He is looking at you. And He is smiling … with the same love He has held for you since He first breathed life into you.  Right now He is congratulating Himself on what an excellent job He did when He created you.
 
Alternate Text
 
Might you be asking:
 
“God, can it be true that You name Yourself my Father? Can I really call You Father?”
 
“Can it be true that You want relationship with me?”
 
“Can it be true that You love me for who I am rather than for how well I “perform”?”
 
“Can it be true that I don’t have to be perfect in order to “earn” Your love ?”
 
Alternate Text
 
God, your Father, wants you to know that He sent Jesus to earth to live as a Man for one purpose ― to die. For you.
 
God, your Father, initiated this plan. He sent Jesus with as much determination and intent as a military commander sends his troops to the front lines of battle.
 
And when Jesus shed His Blood, He accomplished everything necessary to restore you to the Father-child relationship that God your Father desires. Yes. That He desires.
 
Alternate Text
 
Jesus is the only Way to relationship with Father God:
 
John 14:6
    6Jesus said to him, I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
 

If you are willing to move a little closer to God in relationship, pray this prayer:
 
“God. Father God. I can never be “good” enough to “earn” Your love. You know the choices I’ve made in my life. The Truth is that many of the choices I’ve made were my attempts to find love, to fill an unnamed emptiness inside me.”
 
“I am willing to be open-minded as I read the sections of this website about Jesus’ Mission, Jesus’ Sacrifice, Jesus’ Triumph, and Jesus’ Exchanges.”
 
“As I do, would You please work in my life so that I know You really are listening and You really do desire relationship with me?
 
Would You please help me to know You and to understand what You are really like?”
 
“And since You love me for who I am, not for what I do, please help me to love You the same way in return. May I begin knowing You for Who You are instead of what You can do for me.  Amen.”
 
Alternate Text
 
Now, expect to know for yourself that your Father God’s most excellent glory is His infinite goodness.