As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him – Psalm 103:13 NIV
Compassion is the act of emotionally setting oneself in the place of another. It is to feel what they are feeling. It is to emotionally understand what the other is experiencing.
Compassion is the primary impulse of God toward His people. He feels what we feel. He understands our pain, our pride, and our pleasure. He connects with our betrayal. He is familiar with injustice. He comprehends our weakness.
The beautiful truth is that God could have stopped right there, but He did not. He could have maintained compassion alone, but that was not enough. Instead of merely feeling what we felt, He sent Jesus to become what we are. In doing so, His compassion became condition. His emotion became experience.
This means you can trust that God knows what you are going through right now. He knows how difficult it is, because He endured the same pain. When you honor God, it opens you up to His compassion, and that is when healing comes.