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His Mercies Are Great  


Psalm 145:8-13
“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy,” Psalm 145:8.

Living by faith is difficult on the flesh. God knows that. Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin. Some think Jesus could have sinned in the flesh and had to burn out temptation in a fleshly body to earn the right to be our perfect sacrifice. However, Christ was the perfect Lamb slain before the foundation of the world and did not have to earn that right. He was tempted in all points like as we are that He might know firsthand what we go through and be the compassionate High Priest.
God cannot sin. He can make rules for man that He does not have to keep. He can tell man not to kill, and He can wipe whole races of man from the earth. Man may think that is not fair, but God is the Creator, and He does not consult with man before executing His plans. God determines what is best for man, regardless of man’s attitude about it. Yet, He is long-suffering toward man, not willing that any should perish, but that all would repent and come to Him. He is an ever-present help to give aid in times of need. He knows our limitations, and when we cross the line while depending on our own resources, He is full of grace to help us. First, we must acknowledge that we cannot handle life on our own. We were created to function plugged in to the source of our energy, both physical and spiritual energy. Regardless of how magnificent a motor might be, it can do nothing of itself without an outside source of energy. Jesus quoted this law, “Without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). Nothing is all inclusive.
JUST SAYING
Perhaps you know someone whose life is confused and mangled. Have him read 2 Corinthians 4:6-10.
Robert Brock

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Great Is His Mercy


Psalms 103:8-14
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy,” Psalm 103:8.

Looking outside my window, a little, brown sparrow scratches the ground until she finds a tasty bug, then with the dinner in her beak off she flies, no doubt, to feed hungry baby birds waiting in the nest. God loves that bird and her little family and provides for them, but He loves us more.
God loves us with a love that cannot be measured with human instruments and from that love His mercy flows—rich, full to overflowing. King David benefited from His mercy, and God allowed him to write about that bountiful mercy—for our sake—to remind us that we, too, are the benefactors of His great mercy.
God shows us mercy every day. When we deserve punishment, He gives us training (Psalm 103:2-5). He gives us His Word to light our path (Psalm 119:105). He is our hiding place and our shield (Psalm 119:114). His mercy is everlasting (Psalm 103:17).
My friend, never allow Satan to convince you that God does not love you! He loves you more than any of His creation, and He shows it by the great mercy He bestows on you each day.

REFLECTION
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee (Psalm 86:5).

Beverly Barnett

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