“And when he prayed, the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request. So the Lord brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh finally realized that the Lord alone is God!” (2 Chronicles 33:13, NLT).

A common misconception about Christians is they are more concerned about following rules than about people’s feelings. All you have to do is watch movies or television shows featuring stern, beady-eyed, narrow-minded, my-way-or-the-highway religious zealots to learn how Christians are viewed today. As a result, God is seen in a similar light—unbending, unyielding and inflexible.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus, the perfect reflection of God the Father, was moved to tears on many occasions. His compassion was well known among the people who followed him,  heard him, talked to him and were healed by him. His compassion didn’t start in the New Testament, however. The God who shed tears as he healed the sick and brought the dead back to life in the early first century is the same God who was moved by the prayers of Manasseh. He is the same today. He feels our pain, suffers with us and will one day wipe the tears and do away with our sorrow. He cares like no other.