Monday, May 24, 2021

They Are New Every Morning

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Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV) It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Maya's boss, Mrs. Anderson, became really angry with her because she made a mistake that was going to cost the company a lot of money. When it was clear that Mrs. Anderson was truly angry, Maya knew that she was going to lose her job (and indeed she was deserving of that penalty). But the pandemic was just ending, and the economy was really slow and there were no jobs. Maya was so distressed that she would lose her job which her family now depended on because her husband had lost his job. She kept calling Mrs. Anderson to plead with her but Mrs. Anderson did not pick her calls so Maya sent her a lengthy text message in which she explained why she made that mistake and promised she was not going to do so again. She also explained the things she would put in place to ensure that such a mistake does not happen again. Mrs. Anderson responded by texting "you cannot continue to work here. If I ran my business like that, you wouldn't have met it".

But the next morning, when Maya saw Mrs. Anderson in the office, she noticed that Mrs. Anderson was no longer angry with her. She saw indeed that Mrs. Anderson had shown her mercy and was no longer going to sack her. This was because Mrs. Anderson was a Christian, and she did not let the sun go down on her anger but decided to show mercy since Maya was truly repentant.

Months passed and nothing was said about the issue. But Maya ensured that she did not make that kind of  mistake again.

What is it about the morning that makes God's mercies and compassions new?
In Ephesians 4:26, the Holy Spirit instructs us not to let the sun go down on our anger. So even though as believers, we might have reason to be angry and people might truly offend us, we are to show compassion and not wake up in the morning with anger in our hearts. The Lord is not a hypocrite. He does not give us instructions He Himself does not live by. When He commands us to be Holy, it is because He is Holy(1 Peter 1:6). When He commands us to love, it is because He loves. When He commands us not to let the sun go down on our anger, it is because He does the same. We see in today's Bible verses that His mercies and compassions are new every morning.

Go into today remembering that God does not stay angry forever. If you have truly repented of a sin, He will show mercy. Don't let the devil deceive you that God's mercy and faithful love toward you has ended. No, they are new every morning.

Prayer: thank you Father for making me a recipient of your mercy. Please let many others encounter this mercy through me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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