Elul 1: God’s Mercy
Mercy (in Hebrew, rachamim, is generally translated: love tenderly, pity, sympathize with, or have compassion on. Mercy includes showing kindness to the undeserving, and forgiving the guilty. We often think of Valentine’s, weddings, and love stories as being love. But our heavenly Father has so much more for us; after all, it is He Who created love. He is the One Who is the true lover. Only in Him & by following His example are we able to truly love and have mercy for others.
Ex 34:6-7, lists 13 of God’s attributes of mercy: “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious,long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Ex 34:6-7,KJV).) These attributes are a terrific place for us to begin practicing extending God’s mercy to another.
ACTION: This week, let’s focus on exhibiting HIS love and mercy, even as He has to us. Let’s also practice being excited for each new day He has given us, even as a young child exhibits this!
“O, Lord, how great is Your loving kindness. Your mercy is beyond anything we can imagine or understand. Help us to focus this week on following Your example – on loving those who challenge us. Help us to incorporate Your attributes of mercy! Help us to exhibit Your love & compassion to others. Protect the persecuted church – especially those in the Middle East, Syria and Iraq. Bring Your true peace to our country, to Jerusalem, to Israel, to Your people. In the Name of our precious Messiah, Yeshua, we pray. ”