SCRIPTURES: DEUTERONOMY 4:31a “For THE LORD THY GOD IS A MERCIFUL GOD [JEHOVAH EL RACHUM]…”JOEL 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD YOUR GOD [JEHOVAH EL]: for he is gracious and MERCIFUL [RACHUM], slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. HEBREWS 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. LUKE 6:36 Be ye therefore MERCIFUL, as your Father also is MERCIFUL.
THOUGHT: To be merciful is to have compassion and/or forgive when you are in a position to relieve someone’s pain, treat them harshly or punish them. Love and forgiveness are at the core of mercy, often by responding to human need or failure in an unexpected and undeserved way. God is full of love, mercy and compassion towards you as He has not dealt with you as He could have, but has chosen to spare you punishment, forgive you and provide a way of salvation for you. In Matthew chapter 18 Jesus told the story of the man who refused to forgive a small debt owed to him after being forgiven of a very large debt that he had owed. This teaching reinforces the principles of the Word of God regarding your responsibility to forgive others, because you have been forgiven by God.
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father and LORD GOD OF MERCY: Your have been full of love, mercy and compassion to me. I thank You and ask for Your help as I also show the same love, compassion and mercy to others. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES: Psalms 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalms 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.