When I come across a scripture like Psalm 86:15 that says:
But you, Oh Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness, I get an extra dose of thankfulness.
I just think about that truth and am in awe. Jesus is so compassionate toward us. Romans 5:6 says that at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. He is so full of compassion, not only for those who are devoted to Him, but to everyone. He sent His Son to die for all of us because of His compassion. He is so full of mercy. I know that everyday I have something to be thankful for and that’s God’s mercy! He hasn’t given me what I deserve for the sins I’ve commited. What a wonderful idea that we can be shown that in our lives.
The verse in Psalm 86 goes on to say that God is slow to get angry. That’s hard for us to understand and accept sometimes. But just think about your life. How many times should you have gotten wrath, but God was slow to get angry, and guided you to repentance, gave you another chance? This verse also proclaims that He is filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. God loves us so much and no matter what. He wants everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).
That’s love! Our God does not condemn us, but He desires that all be saved and reconciled to Him.
And He is so faithful. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus Christ, our Savior, Son of God, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Even in our fault, our failure, our wondering, He is the same.
Compassionate, merciful, slow to be angry, loving, and faithful. Now that is something to be thankful for!
May you be blessed and encouraged!
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