Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 HCSB
I watched a very interesting program on the Hope Channel that dealt with extending mercy to one another. It was an eye opener to hear the pastor speak of the grudges, unforgiveness, and the inability to overlook wrong doings that believers hold onto against each other; the inability to extend mercy even prevails in families, including parents, children, and spouses.
Are you familiar with the phrase, “I will forgive, but I’ll never forget?” The concept of never forgetting constitutes hatred. According to God, there are no gray areas between love and hate. We are commanded to love, in spite of what is done, or said to us.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” Luke 6:27 ESV
What does the Bible say about forgiveness?
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Mark 11:25
In order for us to practice extending mercy, we must have a strong knowledge base of the Bible, a deep relationship with God, and a powerful prayer life. When we stay close to God, we realize that we require God’s love and mercies, because we commit sins against God and trespasses against each other on a daily basis.
As we prepare for the Sabbath, let us perform a spiritual self-evaluation. What are the characteristics and habits that cause us to fall into sin and prevent us from extending mercy? When we keep our focus on God, the Holy Spirit will reveal our inconsistencies and like David, we will pray:
Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right Spirit within Me. Psalm 51:10
Prayer for today: Dear God, I ask forgiveness for committing to memory the wrongdoings of others. It is me who is standing in the need of your mercy everyday of my life. I ask you to cleanse me from all unrighteousness and to fill me with your Holy Spirit. It is my desire to possess a tender heart that readily forgives and forgets. Thank you for your love and your new mercies that you grant to me every day. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019