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     In the book of Lamentations 3:22 and 23, the prophet Jeremiah says, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”

     Think about it. It is very simple, just putting it out there – maybe once in a week, a Sunday probably, where you just head out to church and mumble a ‘Thank You’ to the Lord an return. But think about it. Amidst everything – our joy, our strife, our peace, our pain – amidst EVERYTHING, God has just shown Himself to be Able and strong.

     Examine that chapter in Lamentations. As the title of the book exhibits, the entire chapter mourns and laments defeat, sorrow and pain. However, in verse 21, the entire chapter takes a turn. “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.” In the midst of all the suffering, the strife, defeat and sorrow, just one thought – “God is still in control” – This thought just boosts all the courage in the speaker to move on.

     And truly, no matter what our difficulty, we would not be alive here if it were not for His mercy. You may think that the problem facing is you is so great, that you cannot handle it; but in I Corinthians 10:13, the apostle Paul says that “There hath no temptations taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” And, our God is faithful in ALL His works; He will never let you down.

     Within this context of God’s infinite mercy, we see God’s amazing, compassionate Love. His Love is so unfailing and complete that God stands as the Epitome of the greatest, unconditional love. He loves us not because of what we do but because GOD IS LOVE. He loves unconditionally, despite all our misdeeds and iniquities. His love and mercy toward us is so amazing that He is there for us at ALL times, no matter what situation we are in.

     Phillips, Craig and Dean’s “Mercy came running” portrays this unconditional Love of God.
“When I could not reach Mercy, Mercy came running to me.” This one line just sums up God’s amazing, tender compassion. His love for us is never failing. Even when we don’t have the strength to reach out to Him, He reaches out to us.

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     Rhett Walker Band does an amazing job of revisiting that first day of Salvation, when Mercy came looking for us – lost sinners. It’s a beautiful description of that moment of Salvation:
“In one moment, everything changed, who I was got washed away,
When Mercy found me.
My Savior’s arms were open wide and I felt Love for the very first time,
When Mercy found me.”

     No matter where we’ve come from or what we have been through, God’s Mercy is so infinite and everlasting, it’s always there. And it is so tender – It just raises us from rock bottom and carries us through the harsh ordeals of life into that place of unimaginable Love and healing. It is only God’s mercy that keeps us alive and breathing today.

     As believers, even when we backslide, God’s mercy continues to pursue us, hoping for us to return to that First Love in Christ. God’s love for us does not fit into boundaries – it is infinite and He just waits patiently for us to return to Him. He promises to never leave us or let us go. He is always there for us. We may feel like we let God down so many times in our lives – but today, God says that in this relationship, it is never us who is holding God up. It is God who carries us and holds us up; we can never let God down at any point of time. Even today, He still waits with open arms for us to return to Him and accept His compassionate Forgiveness. 

The Lord loves you SO much, you couldn’t possibly even imagine it!

God's Love

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