“he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.”
Hello Authentic Lovers–
Psalm 103 has always been one of my favorite Psalms. “Bless the Lord O my soul..”, David’s command to bless God because of His everlasting mercy and kindness, compels my heart to worship every single time. I was thinking this morning about verse 10 (quoted above in the NIV translation), what if God’s treatment of us was dependant upon our level of sin? Like what if he was like you messed up and therefore your life is going to be awful…
What if there was no mercy or forgiveness? Where we would be? What would our lives look like?
I thought about these questions as I pondered my own extension of mercy to others. I know (honesty time) I am quick to treat others based on the way that they have wronged me, but I am always asking for forgiveness and mercy when I wrong others…sounds kind of weird, right? Yep! My mom always says “The same measure of mercy that you give others will be given to you…” I didn’t truly understand what she was saying until I found myself needing mercy extended towards me. You see…I’m not perfect and I have done things that I am not proud of, but God has always forgiven me-He always gave me mercy. So.. shouldn’t I extend that same mercy to others? Shouldn’t I give others a second chance, the same way God has given me a second chance.
The Word of God has a way of checking our hearts and causing us to question the way that we live. So today, I question my tendency to write people off and I make an effort to give mercy. Sometimes mercy will not be received, sometimes it’ll be taken advantage of but all-in-all it will be given– as it has been given to me.
Whatever measure of mercy that you give out will be given back unto you, so give freely. I hope you all are having a great day and I pray that today you will be filled with gratitude at the mercy of God. Let’s talk soon!
Until next time,
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