One of the great things about the Lord is the fact He is slow to anger and abounds in mercy. In fact, Lamentations says “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They (His compassions) are new every morning; Great is Your (His) faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23). Do you know what that means? It means no matter how bad yesterday was, we can always begin again tomorrow with our God. Always!
Do you believe that? Do you truly believe that?
If so, it means that no matter how great your sin, or failure, or disappointment, or bitterness, or unanswered prayer you suffered from yesterday, it is just that— yesterday’s news. And today it is all forgotten, all forgiven, all put to rest.
God promises His compassion is new, fresh, and in abundant supply every time we open our eyes and behold the new morning. They are new every morning. Not some mornings, but every morning. God provides His mercy and compassion to us each new day, regardless of how we defiled the day before.
Therefore, in wonder and appreciation, we cry out to our God, “Great is Your faithfulness!”
Can I Really Begin Again Tomorrow?
Absolutely. But the problem we often struggle with is not condemnation from God. But self-condemnation. We can’t imagine God’s mercy and compassion are so great it will revive us of our guilt for the things we have done wrong. But it does! All we have to do is accept it.
How should we respond to God’s mercy and compassion as we enter into the turbulent waters of 2021? Consider the following.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things (tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword) we are (present tense) more than conquerors (how) through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded (to be fully assured, confident, convinced) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord – Romans 8:35-39.
And if God’s Word is true then we must learn to rest in how God sees us, even in our sin, and not how we see ourselves. For nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Nothing. And that includes our own self-condemnation.
The following message is on the Mercy and Compassion of God from Lamentations 3.