SCRIPTURES: Deuteronomy 4:29-31 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; For the LORD (JEHOVAH) thy God (ELOHIM) is a MERCIFUL GOD (RAHUM EL); he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

THOUGHT: God is full of kindness, compassion and mercy. He is holy and expects you to be holy also (1 Peter 1:15-16). However, He has no cruelty or pettiness towards you when you have failed. In fact the Scripture says: ‘He is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you’ (1 John 1:9). When you sin, or fail and hurt God and others it causes a strain or break in relationships. The Mercy of God means that He takes the initiative to make the grace available for forgiveness, for ‘wiping the slate clean’ and for the renewing of relationship. Your response is to realize your failures and sins, repent, receive the mercy of God and be restored. Then, God expects that you will make restitution as necessary to restore relationships and show the same kindness, compassion and mercy, thereby becoming more and more like Him (See Matthew 18:21-35).

PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, JEHOVAH EL RACHUM – LORD AND MERCIFUL GOD: It is only of Your mercy that we are not consumed, because Your compassion does not fail and You are a gracious and merciful God (See Lamentations 3:22 & Nehemiah 9:31). 
Thank You for taking the initiative to provide mercy and forgiveness for my sins. Forgive me for my rebellion, sin and failure. Lord, please restore me to right relationship with You, my family and those I have hurt. Help me to learn how to do whatever it takes to make things right. Develop Your character in me so that I will show the kindness, compassion and mercy towards those that have hurt me. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!

About Pastor Lawrence A. Fox

We believe that along with many others, we are called by Jesus Christ to engage in a world-wide effort to reach those in and out of the Christian world with the message of full salvation and healing in His name. This effort starts in our own hearts through the power of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It then finds growth and nourishment in the fellowship of the local church and fans out through every believer’s home, in our neighborhoods, with our relatives, in the workplace and in every human interaction that we engage in on this side of eternity. We are excited to be ambassadors for God in bringing His message to a lost and dying world. II Corinthians 5:18-20 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
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