Thursday, February 11

Psalm 103:8-14 (ESV)

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.

As we prepare our hearts for this Lenten season, let us look at the love that the Lord has for each of us.  Our Father teaches us that we should not remain angry with others.  He teaches us that when we sin, He doesn’t punish us by those sins.  He is slow to anger and abounds in steadfast love, so shouldn’t we be too?

But, what exactly is steadfast love?  According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “steadfast” is not subject to change; it is loyal, and immovable.  When the scripture says that God is abounding in steadfast love, this love cannot change, regardless of what we do or don’t do!  The fact that He doesn’t deal with us according to our sins expresses this love.  When we fear the Lord because of His greatness, He shows His compassion and pours His compassion all over us.  He gives us his heart to love others the same way that He loves us.

So, where is your heart broken today?  Is there someone that you need to forgive?  Is there anger, bitterness, resentment, strife, or hatred that you need to forgive in someone else, yourself, or God?  If so, sit with the Lord and give Him your pain, hurt, and emotions and let Him carry the burden so that you can have a steadfast love towards everyone you encounter.

Father, show us today how we can love others with a steadfast love.  Show us how we can love ourselves with a steadfast love, that no matter what we do, our love never changes.  Teach us how to love you deeper.  We ask for a longing to worship you, praise you, and meditate on your Word during this season. 

Thank you for loving us unconditionally and for pouring out your compassion on each of us.  Amen.

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