Some days I could use an extra dose of mercy. The definition of mercy is “compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power.” Well, I am an offender. I offend God all the time, I’m sure. And His mercy and compassion just keep coming after me, despite the fact that He has the power to toss me aside like I probably deserve.
The Bible says, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) This tells me that every single morning I am starting over with God (and every single moment, for that matter) because I am constantly subject to His amazing, undeserved, and freely given mercy and compassion and love.
I like the way The Message puts it:
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great is your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.
So, on this Monday morning, hear me say that I am sticking with God. And, I am so grateful that, even more importantly, He is sticking with me. Because His love lasts. And His mercy never ends. I’m so thankful that He is faithful even when I’m not.
I need His mercy. And this morning it is new, as if He doesn’t even choose to remember how much of it he gave me yesterday. And, I needed a lot yesterday. In my weakness, He continues to shine, though. When I am needing extra mercy, He is demonstrating just how unlimited His mercy really is. He is the ultimate in compassion. Show me any other god who can stand up to the love of I AM. Never-ending. Always available. His love never fails.