Aren’t You Grateful You Don’t Get What You Deserve?

 Bill Brinkworth

“It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” Lamentations 3:22

Noah Webster described mercy as the “… tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves …” It is God’s “tenderness of heart” that overlooks all we have done, and allows us to have more than we deserve!

What we all truly deserve is:


None of us deserves anything, but then there is God’s mercy. His “tenderness of heart” gives all, especially those that are born into His family (John 3:3), far more than they deserve.

Thank you, Lord, for your compassion and mercy that:


God is so good! We deserve nothing, but get so much from a wonderful Father. All have received much more of His mercy than is deserved. Then why can we not:

Be a little more like God! Put up with more from others. Have mercy on others! Look what God puts up with in you!

 “We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves!” — Eliot


This lesson was featured in The Bible View #271.

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