Be Merciful

“So Joseph said to his brothers, “come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.” Genesis 45:4-5

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103: 8-12

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:35-36

These verses are a part of the Scripture readings that we will be hearing read tomorrow in the Divine Service. There is a beautiful, comforting theme that runs through them. First Joseph forgives his brothers and draws them to himself. Then the Psalmist tells just how far God removes our sins from us. And we hear Jesus’s words to his disciples to love those who seem impossible to love–their enemies. Acts of mercy. Words of forgiveness. I know how much I deserve God’s wrath, but instead I hear him say, “Come near to me. I forgive you. Go and be merciful too.”

Lord God, you do not treat me as my sins deserve.  Your Word instructs me in your way, but I often fail in following it.  When others sin against me I fail to be as gracious and merciful as you are to me. 

 Forgive me, Lord and help me to forgive those who sin against me.  Just as Joseph did not hold his brothers in contempt, let me also let go when I am wronged.  Let your grace and mercy rule in my heart, for Jesus’s sake, I pray.  Amen.

Who do you need to forgive?

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January 7 Secret Service

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Genesis 16:1-18:19;  Matthew 6:1-24;  Psalm 7:1-17;  Proverbs 2:1-5

“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

so that your giving may be in secret.

And your Father who sees you in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 6:3-4

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door

and pray to your Father in secret.

And your Father who sees you in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 6:6

“But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

that your fasting may not be seen by others,

but by your Father who is in secret.

And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 6:17-18

Just a thought–when you hit the “like” button on “What’s The Good Word?”  think ‘Amen’–“it is so,” instead.  Say “like” to God’s Word and give Him the Glory.

That’s my purpose for posting–to point the way to God’s Way, God’s Truth, and God’s Life in Jesus Christ, His Son.

Lord God, may all that I say and do point the way to you.  Knowing that I am still in the world, am still a sinner, forgive me for seeking glory for myself, for reveling in lots of “likes” rather than reveling in You, the Giver of all that is truly good.  Thank you for Christ’s teaching that tells me that you do see–you see into my heart, you see my motives.  May I serve you today, not looking for praise from men, but to love and honor and bring glory to You.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,

and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.”

Psalm 7:17