“O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
One man that I counselled in regards to a business failure that he had made commented, “I cannot ask forgiveness for that.” Yet we believe that when we do good things, we deserve good things. The scripture does attest to this yet the bible goes beyond that and uses the word mercy to describe God’s willingness and desire to go further. Mercy is a word that is used to say, “God will help you out of your trouble.” It also means He will assist you in cleaning up the mess you have made. Some may make wrong decision in relationships or job placements and have found themselves being taken for granted and treated without respect. When that happens, we often think like those who have told us I told you so.
As we begin this New Year let me remind you that God has covered you in mercy. The God whom we serve is bigger than your mistake. We do not serve God or ourselves well by living guilty, condemned, and beating ourselves up for our past. Sometimes our self-talk comes out, “I should have been faithful. I shouldn’t have gone done that road. I should have listened to that advice.” These regrets can overwhelm us and captivate us to the point that we are in a daze or a fog mentally. May I suggest to you that it takes boldness to believe God will bless you in light of your mistakes? People often believe that belief is something you do out of your weakness. Let me encourage you to know that it will take great strength to face your failures and say, “God’s blessings are greater.”
I say this so you will put the helmet of salvation over your mind as Ephesians 6 says to do. Accusing spirits will tell you that you have made a mess, you have made a wrong decision, you have made your bed now sleep in it, and you were unfaithful. They will also say, “Who do you think you are trying to believe for something better when you messed up?” I believe that the answer is, “I am a child of the Most High God, I am the redeemed, I am forgiven, and I am covered by God’s mercy.”
As we enter into a New Year, it is my prayer and desire that we should not only be partakers of this mercy in believing that God is greater than all our failures, but also embrace that mercy for others in extending that mercy given to us to them. If we will dare to do this, our relationships will flourish. The very spirit and character of God will be manifested in our homes and church in healthy, strong relationships. If we embrace this, this year promises to be a very good year for all of us.