Hello, all! And Happy Summer! I'm halfway through my summer class (thank the Lord)! I hope that everyone is having a great summer so far. I've been a busy beaver it seems like. In the last 3 weeks, I've been to Kansas City, Joplin, and most recently, Heavener, OK! My family and I enjoyed a great time at the Bently Family Reunion in OK this past weekend. Good times!
This morning, I was reminded by a sweet friend that God's mercies are new every morning. So first, I'm gonna stop and PTL for that! Mercy is defined as leniency and compassion shown toward an offender by a person charged with administering justice. God is in the position of administering justice, and I am a vile offender. Yet every morning, His mercy is renewed. Every morning I can wake up and claim the promise of His mercies. His compassions never fail!
But sometimes, in the midst of God trying to shower me with mercy and forgiveness, I just don't want it. I cannot allow myself to accept it! If I step back and take a good, long, hard look at my life, it is beyond obvious that I am grossly undeserving. What has anyone ever done to deserve the love and forgiveness that Christ offers? Nothing. Not one single thing! Our righteousnesses are all as filthy rags, and not one of us are good.. There's a surprise, right?! So, how do I come to terms with this promise? How does one just flat out accept mercy and forgiveness that they are so undeserving of? I guess the same way you accept any gift. With a thankful heart. And this gift is so unbelievably generous, that my thankfulness must be that much greater. And along with that comes a commitment to love Him, live for Him, and serve Him.
Everyday, I am challenging myself to wake up and stand firmly on His promises. Unwavering, I will claim His mercy and forgiveness. I cannot be foolish enough to think that I can earn anything God offers. So today, I am "standing on the promises of Christ my King."