Lamentations 3:22-24 – Mercy

Lamentations 3:22-24
22
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

-It’s so easy to pass judgment on those whose lifestyle doesn’t fit our idea of good and much harder to group ourselves in with them.  But what separates “us” and “them”.  We might say that “we” reap the benefits of a life spent striving to follow Christ’s example, but the Holy Spirit will quickly begin pointing out all the areas that we’ve yet to surrender.  We might say that those who live ungodly are getting their just rewards, but how would we account for every time we’ve sinned and not been so justly rewarded.  The correct answer can be found in today’s verse which is only a few words but at the same time a mouthful.  Don’t ever be fooled into thinking that our personal merit or someone else’s lack of merit ever comes into God’s equation.  As soon as you feel that you have merit, you’ve put yourself on a foundation that Satan can destroy, you’ve given yourself a basis for criticizing others, and all the while you’ve pushed God away.  At the end of the day we are all sinners receiving mercy and the only difference between the lost and the saved is that the saved understand where the mercy comes from.

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