His Mercy Still Follows Us

by / Monday, 24 November 2014 / Published in God is Love

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”  Matthews 6:12

It is most difficult, even for those who claim to be followers of Jesus, to forgive as Christ forgives us.  The true spirit of forgiveness is so little practiced, and so many interpretations are placed upon Christ’s requirement, that its force and beauty are lost sight of.  We have uncertain views of the great mercy and loving-kindness of God.  He is full of compassion and forgiveness, and freely pardons when we truly repent and confess our sins…

Peter, when brought to the test, sinned greatly.  In denying the Master he had loved and served, he became a cowardly apostate.  But his Lord did not cast him off; He freely forgave him… Henceforth, remembering his own weakness and failures, he would be patient with his brethren in their mistakes and errors.  Remembering the patient love of Christ toward him, affording him another opportunity to bring forth the fruit of good works, he would be more conciliatory toward erring ones…

The Lord requires of us the same treatment toward His followers that we receive of Him.  We are to exercise patience, to be kind even though they do not meet our expectations of every particular… The last six commandments specify man’s duty to man.  Christ did not say, You may tolerate your neighbor, but, “Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself.”…

The love of Jesus needs to be brought to bear upon our lives.  It will have a softening, subduing influence upon our hearts and characters.  It will prompt us to forgive our brethren even though they have done us injury.  Divine love must flow from our hearts in gentle words and kindly actions to one another.  The fruit of these good works will hang as rich clusters upon the vine of character…

Rejoice in Christ as your Saviour, pitiful, compassionate, and touched with the feeling of your infirmities, love and joy will be revealed in your daily life.  If you love Him who died to redeem mankind you will love those for whom He died.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 180

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“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”  Matthew 8:15

We should carefully consider what is our relation to God and to one another.  We are continually sinning against God, but His mercy still follows us; in love He bears with our perversities, our neglect, our ingratitude, our disobedience.  He never becomes impatient with us.  We insult His mercy, grieve His Holy Spirit, and do Him dishonor before men and angels, and yet His compassion fail not.  The thought of God’s long-suffering to us should make us forbearing to one another.  How patiently should we bear with the faults and errors of our brethren when we remember how great are our own failings in the sight of God.  How can we pray to our heavenly Father, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12) if we are…exacting in our treatment of others?…

If you think your brother has injured you, go to him in kindness and love, and you may come to an understanding and to reconciliation… If you succeed in settling the trouble you have gained your brother without exposing his frailties, and the settlement between you has been the covering of a multitude of sins from the observation of others…

It takes special watchfulness to keep the affections alive and our hearts in a condition where we shall be sensible of the good that exists in the hearts of others.  If we do not watch on this point, Satan will put his jealousy into our souls; he will put his glasses before our eyes, that we may see the actions of our brethren in a distorted light.  Instead of looking critically upon our brethren we should turn our eyes within, and be ready to discover the objectionable traits of our own character.  As we have a proper realization of our own mistakes and failures, the mistakes of others will sink into insignificance.

Satan is an accuser of the brethren.  He is on the watch for every error, no matter how small, that he may have something on which to found an accusation.  Keep off from Satan’s side.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 181

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