God is not like unforgiving, bitter, angry people. He never says no to a humble cry for mercy.
Psalm 30:5 is such a powerful verse in the Bible…
For His [God's] anger lasts only a short time. But His favor is for life. Crying may last for a night, but joy comes with the new day.
His anger lasts only a short time? This is a beautiful thing to know about God.
It means that…
God doesn’t punish people with probation! He doesn’t purge them with condemnation.
God doesn’t hold grudges.
God will never banish you to the dungeons… so you can think about what you’ve done (forever and ever), or pay for every last drop of pain you have caused other people.
God is patient and optimistic about what you can become. He loves you furiously, long before you are truly lovable. It is impossible to fully comprehend.
Mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:13).
God’s mercy gives you a second chance. His mercy reaches out to the most undeserving people in the universe.
At one time all of us lived to please our old selves. We gave in to what our bodies and minds wanted. We were sinful from birth like all other people and would suffer from the anger of God. But God had so much loving-kindness. He loved us with such a great love. Even when we were dead because of our sins, He made us alive by what Christ did for us. You have been saved from the punishment of sin by His loving-favor. (Ephesians 2:3-5 NLV)
Please mediate on these verses, read them a few more times, until a light bulb turns on.
I don’t know who I’m writing to this morning. These thoughts are flooding my heart! I feel like I am saving someones LIFE from a paralyzing depression.
If you’ve made big mistakes in life, decide to move on from them. Drop to your knees and pray to God. Sincerely apologize for everything you’ve ever done wrong. Then, believe in the verses above from Ephesians 2:3-5. And remember that God’s anger lasts only a short time. But His favor is for life. Crying may last for the night, but joy comes with the new day.
Focus on God’s mercy, not on the guilt you still feel from yesterday.
Now, you are completely forgiven, and there is HOPE. This is your new day. (smile)
Here is a great song for this message: My Next Breath, by Eddie Kirkland.
Have a beautiful day!
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