Have Mercy!

Psalms 103

Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts,Who pardons all your sins,and heals all your ills, Who redeems your life from the pit,and crowns you with mercy and compassion, Who fills your days with good things, so your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD does righteous deeds, brings justice to all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, to the Israelites his deeds. Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger abounding in mercy.

He will not always accuse,and nurses no lasting anger He has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our wrongs deserve. For as the heavens tower over the earth, so his mercy towers over those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

 

When I read this passage, one line stands out to me: He will not always accuse, and nurses no lasting anger. He has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our wrongs deserve.

I think about how many times I have sinned or done something wrong and still God loves and forgives. Even if the weight of the sin is immense, God still cares. He pardons us no matter what and loves us even more. He only wants what is best for us no matter how many times we wrong Him. If God wanted to, He could throw all his power into making us suffer but He doesn’t.

Can we say the same for our relationship with our fellow men?

For every time that we feel that an injustice has been done to us, we still have to forgive. We are all called to do that. But that is easier said and not always done.

It is hard for us as flawed human beings to forgive and forget. It is hard for us not to hold a grudge and to act in anger. We all have people in our lives who have done us wrong and usually our first reaction after the shock of it all is revenge. How can I get back at that person for what they have done to me? How can I avenge it?

The answer is simple; we can’t.

No matter how we get back at that person, it still doesn’t change the original transgression. And in the long run, it doesn’t make that initial pain lessen any.

Looking back at my own experiences and the times I have been betrayed, I was always more hurt than vengeful. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had my times of revengeful thoughts or wishes upon those people. I think it’s only natural for us as humans to want to strike back.

But we need to change that perception and try to deal with others as God mercifully deals with us. God sees us repeating the same sins over and over and yet He still wants us to be with Him in Paradise someday. How many times do we need to see this to know that God has our  backs?

So, the next time you feel slighted, don’t be angry but put it in God’s hands knowing that He has it all handled anyway. Pray for understanding and peace. Pray for tolerance and mercy upon those that have wronged you knowing that God shows these same things towards us.

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