The Lord is Merciful and Gracious

Scripture: The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed; He made known His ways to Moses; His acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious. Psalm 103: 7-8a

Some other scriptures are:

The Lord is long suffering, and of great mercy forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon their children unto the third and fourth generation. Numbers 14: 15.

(For the Lord, your God is a merciful God) He will not forsake you; neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers, which He swore to them. Deuteronomy 4: 31.

When David arose from the earth, washed and anointed himself, changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord and worshipped. Then he came to his own house, and when he inquired, they set bread before him. 2 Samuel 12: 20.

Even while enduring suffering we bring on ourselves as God’s punishment, it is difficult. But if trying to serve God, and we must endure suffering, it is more difficult. During the past months I thought I was serving my Lord, but have really endured many adversities. Though I have not fully understood why, I did not become bitter, but believe they were allowed to help me become a little more like Jesus. And James wrote that we are to count it all joy when we meet trials of various kinds: for we know testing of our faith produces steadfastness.  James 1: 1-2.

And Peter wrote that we are not to be surprised at the fiery trials that comes upon us to test us…but rejoice and be glad.. For if the righteous barely are saved, what will become of the ungodly?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your mercy and grace: at my advanced age, do not know how I could live without Your help. Jesus made that possible, and I thank You.

 

Doris Lisemby