Lamentations 3:22-23 Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassion's fail not. They are new every morning; GREAT is Your faithfulness...
I have always loved these verses for many reasons, but I think right at the top of the list is because they so speak to me, and remind me just how much, God loves me....His love for me NEVER fails, NEVER changes...It is not dependent upon my actions in any way. Thank goodness, because I blow it everyday. His mercies and His compassion's NEVER fail....The prophet Micah rejoiced in God's faithfulness, exalting,"
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
Whenever we are in need, we can rely completely on the faithfulness of God's promises if we belong to Him. How wonderful is that? Because of God's mercies everyday towards us, we are NOT overwhelmed and consumed and rendered helpless through our own sins and lack of ability to overcome it all. He literally "delights" in mercy towards us. "His compassions they fail not." And God knowing me as well as He knows me, and yet still loving me, is a great miracle. God's compassions fail not. He NEVER stops loving us. We really need to remember that.
As parents we have a compassion and love for our children that is something that can't really be explained to someone who has not stood in those particular shoes. My kids can fail, blow it, lose it, make wrong choices and decisions, and yet my love for them does not fail. There has been times when I might have been frustrated, tired and ready to give up, but my love for them stood strong. I love my kids in an unconditional way, and it has never waned even at their most unlovable moments. I might not have "liked" them much at times, but still I loved them. I think most of you parents can understand the kind of love I am talking about. They received my mercy when they deserved my wrath. And yet our Heavenly Father loves us soo much more. His love is not limited to human limitations and weaknesses. His mercies are never ending. I find great comfort in this.
There is something in me that I have to fight everyday in that I feel like I somehow must MAKE myself pleasing to God in order for Him to REALLY love me. The problem of course is obvious, I can NEVER pull it off. I love thinking that God loved me at my very worse, before I even belonged to Him, just as much as He does today, as much as He will tomorrow...and all of this in spite of what I might do or say....His mercy and love are new every morning...
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us..
2 John 1:3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.