Living on the other side of failure . . .

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“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” – Luke 6:36

Living on the other side of failure, we all know what that feels like. We have all experienced those times when we messed up, sometimes, royally so. Those times when we have hurt others or done wrong. We all know what it’s like to let others down, or even ourselves.

So today, can we work a little harder at extending grace to others? Can we work a little harder at showing the same forgiving love we have received?

Sometimes, I have to remind myself that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and yes, that includes me. I am included in the all. Should I not then, as one who has received so much, be willing to grace it to another life?

The simple answer is, I should.

Am I perfect at it? I so wish I could say yes, but I’m not.

Daily I have to work on me, and in that working, I am so glad for God’s continually patient hand in my life. Would I have been as longsuffering with me as He has?

I doubt it.

Therefore, I am continually reminded of my dependence on His sure mercies every day – and in that reminding, may I see that others need the same from me.

Love others.

Be patient with others.

Give grace to others.

For these are the same riches you have received from the Father above. And these riches, you can afford to give away.

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” – Matthew 5:7

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” – Colossians 3:12-13

“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” – James 2:13

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