"And the Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin." Exodus 34: 6,7a
IN JESUS TODAY!
Herein we discover our God! Who our God is! Our God is merciful, full of mercy and gracious, full of grace. We can never exhaust his supply, O that we would know that no matter where we are in life, whatever we are going through, and no matter how many times we have fallen, God's mercy and grace is right there for us, extending a hand out to lift us up and place us firmly on our feet again. The problem is, not that God's supply of these might run out, because this will never happen, but the problem is, mankind claims to have ownership over God's mercy and grace, and in error they decide who shall receive it, for how long, and for what reasons! They have made themselves to be the lord god in control of God! God is merciful and gracious and long suffering! Unlike God, man has limits, limits to mercy, limits to grace, and man cringes at the very mention of suffering, never mind the word "Longsuffering" Only God is Longsuffering! We might find one that shows mercy occasionally, or one that gives grace occasionally, but rarely will we find one person that is long suffering! The finger is usually ready and anxious to push the condemnation button that ejects us, or rejects us from the Kingdom Of God! Is this true Christianity? Absolutely not! God is the only one that is long suffering, God is also abundant in goodness and truth, it is his goodness and truth that keeps his mercy and grace and forgiveness for all!
God is always there to forgive, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1John 1:9 God forgives always and forever! Let us strive to be more like him.