Written by Leonel Santana, Youth Leader, Brooklyn, NY, USA
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. -- Psalm 36:7-10
It's frustrating to fail God, especially when we know it is sin that hinders our spiritual growth and our relationship with God. The Bible teaches that without holiness no man shall see the Lord, but we live in a body of flesh, with weaknesses and desires that go against the will of the Holy Spirit. Therefore we may find it impossible to keep all the commandments and promises of God. Whenever we disobey God we feel a little sad, disappointed and disconnected for not having been fully right with God. Sometimes you feel a desire to not grow closer to God and follow the desires of your flesh because you feel dirty and unworthy of His presence. For this reason, it is important to remember that God's mercy is new every day and He gives us the opportunity to repent, instead of punishing us for our sins. We believe in a God who has mercy for those who hope in Him and especially for those who practice mercy themselves. God provides forgiveness and mercy for a grieved and humble heart before His presence.
Lord, I have discovered how wonderful Your mercy is. I ask you that you may forgive me for the times I have failed You. I ask that You renew your love for me.Help me to have more integrity every day,and every day obey more.Above all,help me to have mercy with my family, friends and especially my enemies. Give me strength and wisdom to love and forgive as You have forgiven me. Amen.
- Today I willl walk with integrity and be obedient to the voice of God, and acknowledge His mercy when I fail.
- Today I willll remember to be more merciful and forgive as my God forgives me.