Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
It is just not human nature for us to forgive and forget. It is much easier for us to remember the bad things others have done and to hold on to them. It doesn’t do us any good to hang on to bitterness and hate, but we tend to want to remember. However, God forgives. He doesn’t hang on to what we have done wrong. He forgets it. It isn’t human nature but it is God’s nature. Because God has mercy on us, we should have mercy on others.
James 2:13 “There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, You tell us to have mercy on others who do wrong. You tell us to forgive when others ask for forgiveness. You tell us to turn the other cheek. Please rid us of bitterness and hate and replace these things with forgiveness and love so we may have mercy on others and show them the love you have shown us. Help us to be merciful to one another. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Showing mercy to someone who has done wrong will help them to see more clearly the right things to do.
We shouldn’t allow Satan to tempt us to do wrong when we are tempted to not forgive them.
We can turn the other cheek when others lash out at us when we allow God to work through us.
Lamentations 3:30 “Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies.” (NLT)
There is no limit to God’s mercy on us so there should be no limit to our mercy toward others.
Luke 17:4 “Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.” (NLT)