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God's Mercy: Week 1 - Devotion 1

“Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.” – Psalm 25:6

Think of someone or something recently that really deserved a negative reaction from you. Maybe it was a sibling that wore your clothes without asking you or a dog that ate your iPhone. What does it feel like to get angry at someone who deserves it? If we're honest, it can kind of feel good, can't it? Maybe it has to do with the fact that we make mistakes and deserve people's frustration, too. But when people make us mad we can often enjoy the response it causes in us.

Read Psalm 25:4-7. Pay attention to verse 6. Here is a very interesting passage to describe God and His mercy. Here, David wants God to guide Him and teach Him. He doesn’t want to fail God. And when he does, as he knows he will, David asks God something specific. He essentially says, “God, remember that you are merciful. When I deserve to be punished for my sin, you offer forgiveness.” David is relying on God’s capacity to show kindness and mercy to those who don’t deserve it.

Maybe the next time someone messes up, and we're tempted to let them have it, we should remember how God chooses to treat us. 

Think about this:

·      How have you experienced God’s mercy?

·      What have you don’t lately to show mercy to others?

 

Emily Traylor