Tuesday, 22 November 2011

God's mercy for us!

Ps 103v8:  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy

Vs 10:  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.

This verse tells me how merciful God is that He does not deal with us as we deserve.  When we repent and ask His forgiveness, He forgives and He is gracious with us in the consequences.


Have you ever said or done something, regretted it and repented and knowing you are forgiven and being aware that there will be consequences anyway, gritted your teeth with the attitude, "I've been forgiven but with God's help I will now deal with the consequences."  You go out there, expecting the worst, and ... God has already gone before you.  He has worked in the heart of the person you need to face, or they unexpectedly welcome you, or are really happy to see you.  You expected disdain, hurt hearts or hardness, but God changed that!

This is what I believe that verse means.  He is merciful and gracious despite ourselves!


The next verse is so humbling:
Vs 11:  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so GREAT is His mercy toward those who fear Him.

I, for one, am very grateful, very thankful, for His grace and for His mercy.  Without it, I'd be doomed.

My encouragement to you is to acknowledge God's grace and mercy in your life.  You will begin to see how blessed you truly are.

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Shanda today at A Pause on the Path for:

15 comments:

  1. Great reminder - thanks. Now to proclaim it and apply it to my life today.

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  2. I love this Tracy; it has worked many times in my life! So many times I prepare myself for the worst in situations, but after lots of prayer HE has made the outcome so much better. :)

    Beautifully written dear one! :)
    Blessings and hugs for your day,
    Denise

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  3. Tracy,

    God's mercy is so awesome isn't it? There have been so many times when I knew there were going to be consequences, even though I asked for forgiveness only to discover that He had already gone before me and worked it all out. Beautifully written to glorify God and His unfathomable love, grace and mercy.

    Blessings to you Tracy.

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  4. I had never thought about the sequence of those verses and what it means for us. I am so grateful for God's abounding and unlimited mercy in my life. He can change all Satan intended for evil into good....we just have to remember that while we suffer the consequence of our actions.

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  5. Great reminder to look for the blessings, Tracy.

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  6. Tracy, I don't think I've ever thought about it like that! What wonderful insight. Isn't it just like Him to go ahead of us and smooth out the wrinkles we've made. He is a merciful and faithful God, for sure! Thank you so much for sharing and blessing me!
    Hugs,
    ~Erin

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  7. Hi Stefanie - amen, thats the way to go.

    Hi Denise - it always amazes me when I discover how God has prepared someone's heart before I see them

    Hi Kandi - thank you for your kind words. God's love and grace and mercy are unfathomable.

    Hi Jenifer - amen, great reminder

    Hi Shanda - Don't you love it when you see something new in scripture?

    Hi Lisa - great way to put it.

    Hi Erin - Love how God goes ahead and smooths the waters we expect to be rough

    Ladies, thank you for commenting. Each and every one of you are precious
    God bless
    Tracy

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  8. We are all deserving of hell but praise God we don't get what we deserve! Thank you Jesus for saving a wretch like me:)

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  9. Mercy - not getting what we deserve. Grace - getting what we don't deserve. I am so thankful that God showed mercy and extended grace.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  10. Hi Tracy, So very grateful for His mercy and yes, I have experienced His grace in so many ways. He has gone before me and straightened all our my paths. I'm following you on twitter now too. Blessings, Nona

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  11. Hi Tracy, God has went before me many times and fixed what I messed up. I am so thankful for that today!
    Blessings to you. Glad you had a great weekend!
    Chelle

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  12. Amen, Kelli, praise God we don't get what we deserve

    HI Joan, you and me both.

    Hi Nona, without God's mercy and grace, I'd be lost. thanks Nona, for the twitter follow, I've followed back :)

    HI Chelle - amen, God is so good and half the time we don't realize how much He has already been involved on our behalf

    Ladies, be blessed! Thank you for commenting and I really appreciate you all.
    Tracy

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  13. Nona, your thanks list made me smile and nod in agreement with so many. I love praying for readers--God gave you these words to encourage the rest of us and for that we are very thankful!
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
    Pam from www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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  14. God is so merciful - no matter how much we fail, He still has compassion on us. Thank you for the reminder!

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