My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.
I will not execute my fierce anger...
for I am God and no mortal,
the Holy One in your midst...
JOHN 12:47 (CEV)
I came to save the people of this world, not to be their judge.
God comes to reside with us as he dispenses mercy and compassion.
What kind of a God is primarily looking for ways to hang out with rebellious people and to dispense mercy?
Gracious God, you are full of surprises. We so deserve your wrath but instead of raging on about our failures you come even closer so that we can better hear your words of mercy and compassion. We've destroyed things but you're all about savings things — including us and our relationship. Forgive my misdeeds and help me to embrace your extreme forgiveness as a way of life. Amen.
Our Father in Heaven,
we hold your name in the highest regard.
Please come and establish your reign here on earth
so that everything that happens here will align
with what is happening in heaven.
and we’ll forgive those who have wronged us.
Shield us from the trials and temptations that come our way.
Lastly, we pray that you would protect us from all forms of evil. Amen!