Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Graciousness of God

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 (Job 42:10) 

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!