Let Me Show Mercy, Because I Need Mercy Too

Don’t have a heart attack, Jen. And don’t start thinking a daily post will become the norm. 🙂

I’m writing to apologize. Last night’s post, published out of utter frustration, has haunted me since.

Although I feel much the same way, I’ve been convicted of the attitude in which I wrote it.

My Bible app gives a verse each day and I try to read it daily, along with the rest of the chapter. Today’s passage was in Psalms 18; in reading it, I was struck first by the charity lacking in my post and attitude. Then, as I continued reading, several other thoughts stood out:

In my distress I called upon the Lord , and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. (Psalms 18:6 KJV)

Oh, let me remember to cry to Him when I am distressed and not seek comfort in berating others.

The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (Psalms 18:20 KJV)

Lord, please deal with me mercifully — much more so than I deserve. Please do not reward me based on my righteousness, as it is today, because it is so lacking.

For I have kept the ways of the Lord , and have not wickedly departed from my God. (Psalms 18:21 KJV)

Let me always speak this, Lord; it is only by Your grace that I can hope to keep your ways. It is not me, but You in me.

With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. (Psalms 18:25, 26 KJV)

Oh, this one hurt. I’m so sorry for my lack of mercy. Thank You for being merciful to me and help me to extend that mercy to those around me who need it as I did and do.

I have to remember that these problems are not mine to bear alone. I have a Friend, my Jesus, who knows the frustration of seeing people He loves turn their back on the answer to every problem. He sees the end from the beginning and knows what is in store for each of us. I just have to let Him take control.

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