Compassion is the heart of the matter for Jesus. Compassion springs forth from love, the greatest power in the universe. Compassion is the ethos of God. Compassion kept God from immediately killing Adam and Eve, Cain and Noah, Abraham and Isaac, Moses and the Israelites, David and Solomon, and Peter and Paul when they blatantly disobeyed him. We see divine compassion at its greatest height and depth at the cross when Jesus said: "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do." Even at the point of death, Jesus, barely able to breathe, was full of compassion.