Psalm 130:7-8 – 7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. 8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
God is often portrayed as a vengeful, vindictive figure waiting to strike down anyone who defies Him. This caricature of the Lord could not be any further from the truth.
Throughout the Bible, God’s people have relied on a caring and merciful God. He is a Father and a Shepherd, tenderly nurturing those under His protection. No matter the sin of His people, He is always ready to forgive them and redeem them from their bondage. Many times His people squandered His mercy, returning to their sin shortly after forgiveness. Despite that, the Lord was always ready to forgive them again.
If you are caught in sin, do not doubt the Lord’s mercy towards you. Instead, hope. Hope in His mercy and in His plenteous redemption. And He will redeem you from all your iniquities.
Further Reading – Isiah 55:7 – 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
*If possible, read all of Isiah 55. The entire chapter speaks of God’s mercies.
Hebrews 13:5 – …for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
The Lord will never abandon us. No matter the difficulty, He is there to lead and guide His people through it. We will never be cast away, we will never be left to fend for ourselves, for He has promised to be with us. Trials and tribulations do not phase us, because we know we do not face them alone. We do not fear the dangers around us, because we know our Shepherd will protect His sheep. In any situation, we are never alone. For He has promised, He will never leave us or forsake us.
Further Reading – Psalm 94:14 – For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
Psalm 37:8 – 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Selfish anger and harmful wrath is present in so many hearts, bubbling out at the slightest provocation. These emotions cloud judgement and prevent wise actions or decisions. It is the Tempter who drives these feelings, not the Lord. Christ requires peace, kindness, and love of His children, not outrage; sinful anger is not found in those that are His. If we aim to have the character of Christ and the privilege of His name, we must respond as He did. When provoked He did not become angry. Instead, He remained calm and overcame evil with good. Do not give place to the workings of the devil any longer. Cease from wrath. Put off the anger which so easily besets us and put on the peaceful, loving character of Christ.
Further Reading – Romans 12:21; Ephesians 4:26-27
1 Peter 4:10 – 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
All who have received God’s gift are called to give as freely as they have received. Our kindness and love to one another should be as free as the mercy and pardon Christ gives to us. Our heavenly blessings are not intended to be exclusive. They are intended to be shared non-discriminately and liberally. As a people who have received much from the hand of God, it is only right we give as willingly to our fellow brethren. This is the mark of a good steward of God’s manifold grace. This is the mark of a child of the King.
Further Reading – Matthew 10:8 – 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
1 Peter 1:3, 4 – 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you
Thanks to the Lord’s mercy, His children are granted status as an heir to eternity’s greatest inheritance. This inheritance cannot fade, be corrupted, or be defiled, and no power on earth can ever take it away. It is this inheritance Jesus went to prepare and reserve for heirs of the Kingdom. It is this inheritance that should be sought above all else, and it is this inheritance that endures forever. Seek it first, last, and everything in between, and do not fail to claim God’s gift reserved in heaven for you.
Further Reading – John 14:1-3, Titus 3:3-7