The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. – (Psalm 103:8, NIV)
The Lord is kind and merciful. He is patient and full of love. – (Psalm 103:8, ERV)
Lord, You’re so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so patient with people who fail You! Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness. – (Psalm 103:8, TPT)
God’s compassion, grace, kindness and mercy are exactly what the world needs right now. With all of the recent human ugliness, “…a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness”, is exactly the sort of love and patience we need to have with one another. We are a broken people, full of fault and failure, desperately in need of God’s mercy and love. God is all of these things and more, yet we have the choice to either receive from Him and pass it on, or stay stuck in our broken state of being. As we accept what the Lord freely gives, we are driven to do better; be better. May we ever pursue the Lord and His goodness, so that we may extend the same to all with whom we interact.
Patience and great love;
All from the Father,
Our Lord up above.
All these are granted,
Though we don’t deserve;
May it compel us,
To listen and serve.
For as we receive,
We’re equipped to give;
Love as intended,
Grace and peace to live.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. Thank You that as we seek You and receive from You, You equip us to go forth and love in the same way. Forgive us for the times that we have lacked compassion or grace, and allowed anger to get in the way of love. Show us how to love like You – with compassion, grace, patience, and kindness. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You to show us how to be and do better, each day that we draw breath. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
He has caused wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. – Psalm 111:4