We lie. We say harsh words. Every day we mess up. And then we do something so horrendous in our minds that it’s beyond redemption. We wonder how God can still love us. How much is enough before God leaves us completely?
The answer can be found in Deuteronomy 31:8. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Did you get that? He will never leave. Never!!!
Why, as Christians, do we find this hard to believe? Because we forget the three gifts we’ve received from God.
The first is the gift of mercy. We might be punished for our sins, but never as harshly as we deserve. Mercy is God’s way of delivering us from sin. It’s His way of showing compassion.
The next gift is forgiveness. God loves us. Forever. We are his children. He may not always like what we do, but He will continue to love us. And as a loving father, if we ask for forgiveness, He gives it to us.
Why does God give mercy and forgiveness? That’s where the third blessing comes in. Grace. Without grace, the other two would be impossible. God could create another flood, like with Noah, and destroy us all. Instead, He extends mercy and forgiveness. That’s grace.
In the arms of your mercy I find rest Cause you know just how far the east is from the west—From one scarred hand to the other. – “East to West” by Casting Crowns
We don’t deserve anything from God, yet He gave us His most precious gift – His son. God allowed Jesus Christ to die on a cross so we can have full access to our Father. Because of Jesus, we don’t get the punishment we deserve.
If we remember the three gifts God has bestowed upon us, our hearts will be filled with another of God’s gifts. Joy. Happiness beyond anything you can imagine.
Once you realize these are all gifts from God, you might wonder how you can thank Him for being so patient and generous. There is one true way to show your appreciation, and that is to pass these gifts on to others. Give mercy and forgiveness to those around you. By showing grace to others the same way God has show you the same, you won’t so easily forget that He is always with you.
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