What are you thankful for today? I am thankful, oh so thankful, for God’s mercy.
One passage that I love and that often comes to my mind (often at the end of a mommy-fail day, in anticipation of the next day) is Lamentations 3:22-23:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
And then this morning, the devotional of the day from New Morning Mercies was all about mercy. And some of it stung . . . but that’s good. Here’s an excerpt:
“Christ’s second reason for telling this story [about the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35] was to reveal our hearts. You see, we’re all the unjust servant. We celebrate God’s mercy but scream at our children when they mess up. We sing of amazing grace but punish our spouses with silence when they offend us. We praise God for his love but forsake a friendship because someone has been momentarily disloyal. We are thankful that we’ve been forgiven but say that a person who is suffering the result of his decisions is getting what he deserves. We bask in God’s grace but throw the law at others.
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But when God’s call of mercy collides with your lack of mercy, you begin to see yourself with accuracy . . . as you begin to remember that God’s mercy is your only hope and you meditate on the grandeur of the mercy that has been showered on you, you begin to want to help others experience that same mercy.” (New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp)
Ah dear friends, the truth hurts . . . but it is also healing!
Thank you Lord for Your mercy. I know that a test of how much I truly understand Your mercy is how I show and give mercy to others. Open my eyes and heart, and make me merciful like my Savior!