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A bible devotion to help you overlook others' flaws
READ: The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.—Psalm 103:8
REFLECT: How do you deal with people who disappoint you? One night as I read Psalm 103:8–10, I seemed to hear God say, “This is the way I deal with those who let Me down.” The Lord is compassionate and gracious….How often do I show mercy, compassion, clemency—to my children? My spouse? My friends or coworkers?
Devotions thoughtfully written by author Sarah Young as if Jesus is speaking directly to your child's heart.
Slow to anger and abounding in mercy….“Abounding” means “filled to the very brim with.” Can I be filled with enough love to give up my own quick temper and respond to others with steadfast, “never-failing” love?
He will not always accuse….God is no nag….Nor will He harbor His anger forever. God holds no grudges. Can I give up my own nagging and grudges?
He does not treat us as our sins deserve....Can I learn to be gentle in dealing with the faults of others? Can I overlook their flaws? God’s way of dealing with people who disappoint Him is not my most natural way. It’s harder. But it’s also a far better way.
PRAY: Father, please forgive my slowness to forgive, my tendency to think I have a right to hold a grudge because someone deserves it. Thank You for Your abounding love and mercy.
DO: Memorize Psalm 103:8 and repeat it until you are able to forgive your friend the way God does.
Excerpted from Time Out for the Spirit, © Guideposts.