Today, we kick off a three-part series titled East From West based in Psalms 103. Many non-believers we encounter think God is waiting for us to do something wrong so that He can judge us. However, the opposite is true.
David, the psalmist, praises the Lord at the beginning of this chapter. He reveals that God is the one who forgives sin and heals our ailments.
He shares that God is the redeemer of our sins, and does so with compassion and love.
The Lord is faithful and just. He sees the woes of those who are oppressed and works to restore the unjust.
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”Psalms 103:8
When someone cuts you off in traffic, what is your first reaction? Or what if someone wrongs you at work – how do you respond?
This past week, I had to apologize to three directors at my office for my attitude and tone. There was a confusing situation and it created unnecessary work for my team.
I did the exact opposite that God does for us. I was quick to judge, quick to speak, lacked compassion, and lacked grace.
If God judged us the way I responded in that situation, it would not be pretty. I am glad that God’s fuse is much longer than ours.
“He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.”Psalms 103:9
We have probably known people who can hold grudges and anger for a lifetime. The Lord does not remain angry forever. When we ask for forgiveness, He grants it and forgets it.
That’s right, he forgets it. It’s like it never happened.
I wish I could let things go as quickly as God does. Unfortunately, I am often quick to judge, and slow to forgive.
Christ modeled love and compassion; however, he showed us where we go wrong, and points us in the right direction.
Today, may you be full of love and compassion, and slow to speak and quick to forgive.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love, grace, and compassion. Even when I mess up, you point me back in the direction I need to go. Help me to extend love and grace to those I come into contact with today. Amen!