The word 'gracious' comes from the word grace and is defined in Webster’s dictionary as 1. Having or showing kindness and courtesy, 2. Merciful and compassionate. Graciousness, such a needed virtue in both our world and in each one of our lives.
We as believing Christians have been shown so much love
and kindness from our Lord even through our faults and failures
that we sometimes wonder how He continues to remain
so merciful towards us.
“You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen
what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion
and mercy.” James 5:11 (NIV) Only by Job’s suffering
could he intimately experience and comprehend the Lord
as compassionate and merciful.
For those who love the Lord and have experienced His graciousness
are acquainted with His compassion and mercies
that become new every morning. There is really no test or
trial, no failure, setback, or disappointment that God will not
faithfully meet you with love and compassion to help you
each and every day. Lamentations 3:23
Isaiah 63:7 records God’s unfailing love in standing true to
His covenant to Israel, “I will tell of the kindness of the Lord,
the deeds for which He is to be praised, according to all the
Lord has done for us-”
Sometimes we face bitter experiences in life. Job could have
taken his bitter experience in his life as an offense toward
God. But his integrity and faith in God commanded restrain
within him and his confession maintained the belief that God
does not curse His children but loves them with compassion
to bring through suffering into blessing. How many of us can
attest to that?
Whatever happens to us in life should be met with perseverance
and trust in the Lord who is gracious and full of mercy.
He meets us with His love and compassion every morning.
For your contemplation read the words of Psalms 89. “I will
sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I
make known your faithfulness to all generations. For I have
said, “mercy shall be built up forever; your faithfulness shall
establish in the very heavens.”
For all the horrible things Job went through in his life, he did
not sin with his lips. The Bible says that he prayed for his
friends (they were really his adversaries). Because of Jobs’
graciousness God gave him twice as much as he had before
How then shall we live then in our weakness? Psalm 63:3
“Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall
praise you.” Just keep praising God for His faithfulness!