August 17 Devotional

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him” (Psalm 103:10-11).


What incredible promises in these two verses!  We all ought to stop what we are doing and thank God for His mercy.  If you want a definition of mercy, it is contained here in this verse.  Mercy is God not dealing with our sins, or rewarding us (negatively) for what we have done.  Instead, He gives us a home in Heaven.  There it is in clear print for you and me to see.  What a blessing to know the mercy of God on a daily basis!  We need His mercy daily.  We know from another chapter in the book of Psalms that God’s mercies are new every morning!


Have you ever gone to God and confessed a sin like this … “God, I asked for forgiveness for this yesterday, and I’m back again with the same sin I need to confess?”  Unfortunately, I think if we were honest with ourselves, we all have done this at some point(s) in our lives.  What an absolute joy to know that we have a God Whose very character is one of mercy.


God is willing to offer mercy to those who fear Him.  Knowing this let me ask personal question for each of us to consider … Are we as willing to offer mercy to those who have hurt us?  Are we willing to extend love where normally vengeance would be in order?  If your God, Who is absolutely pure and holy is willing to offer you mercy (knowing every sin you have ever committed), shouldn’t we offer mercy too?


Let me also point out the depth/height of God’s mercy.  Verse eleven says that it is as high as the heavens!  That is some infinite mercy.  What is the limit of our mercy to others?  Are we willing to offer mercy if we think that person will later offer us mercy?  Are we willing to offer mercy even if there may be judgment that returns eventually to us?  I want to recommend to each one reading this to look for opportunities for mercy today.  There are many in the world that are searching for mercy!  There are many in your local church that are searching for mercy!  Will you resemble God today as you offer mercy, or will you follow this world’s example and be unyielding and ruthless?  This is your choice, and will be your responsibility completely.  Follow God’s example and thank Him for His mercy today!

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