Friday, November 13, 2015

Psalms 78:37-39 -- On Compassion and Forgiveness

"For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant.
But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again."
Psalms 78:37-39

It's good to remember how compassionate and forgiving God is.  Sometimes we do really awful things, and luckily, God remembers our weakness, and doesn't destroy us immediately.  He knows that one bad action isn't everything we are, and that we have good in us too.  He gives us space to repent and change.  This also might be a good thing to remember as we consider other people.  When they do horrible things, let's try to remember that there is good in there too, and give them space to repent and change.  God knows that some of us will not use that space productively.  We might keep sinning and choose to be condemned by our own actions at the last day.  And we can't know what others will do with the space that we give them either... but let's still give it to them, and hope for their future, and pray for them, that they have time to work out their salvation with God.  As God is compassionate and forgiving with us, let's work on being compassionate and forgiving with each other.

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