Today I would like to give thanks to the Lord for His mercy. His mercy withholds from us what we deserve. We deserve judgment, punishment-- death. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and the wages of our sins is death. But because of His mercy we have been given the opportunity, as we have been talking about, through His Son Jesus to have forgiveness of our sins and receive instead the gift of God which is eternal life.
If you have noticed over the past three days, I have used the same two scriptures. In those we see His attributes of mercy, compassion and faithfulness. But these are not all, there are more-- He is more. He is Love. He is Grace. He is Peace. He is Deliverance, Healing, Righteousness, Holiness, Purity, Goodness, Joy, etc. You see, God doesn't just posses these attributes, He doesn't just "carry them around in His pocket" this is Who He Is. For example, in my purse I have a wallet, but I am not a wallet. I have a package of Kleenex, but I am not a tissue. I have a comb, but I am not a comb. Not so with God. He doesn't just carry love around with Him, He Is love. He doesn't just posses righteousness, He Is Righteous.
As you are taking time this Thanksgiving Holiday to thank the Lord for all that He has given you and blessed you with, take time to thank Him for Who He Is. Had it not been for Who He Is, He would not have given you what you have. Because He Is compassion, mercy and faithfulness He has given you the gift of eternal life, and all the blessings that come with it.
Have a great day. While thanking the Lord for all He has given you, thank Him for Who He Is as well. You wouldn't have what you have had He not been who He Is.
For further reading:
1 John 4:7,8
Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8
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