Slow To Anger

17th September

 

He revealed His character to Moses and His deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with un-failing love.

Psalm 103:7-8

During the Israelites trip to the promised land, after God had graciously set them free from their bondage at the hands of the Egyptians under the leadership of Moses, time and time again the people dis-honoured God, did not trust Him for their daily provisions or feared the worst when confronted with troubles. Yet what they didn’t realise or at least didn’t appreciate, is that for 40 years their shoes never got worn out and they were daily provided with manna and quail to feed them. Moreover, God was ever merciful with them and kept pouring His love over them, even when they didn’t deserve it. God truly revealed His character to Moses and His deeds of love and kindness to the people of Israel.

God hasn’t changed. He is still that same compassionate and merciful God that we saw in the Israelites Exodus. He is still slow to anger and is still full of un-failing love; even when we don’t deserve it. God is for us and not against us. He lives to be spur us on, not to trip us up. He is our God and worthy to be praised.

Slow To Anger, Rich In Love

30th April

The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.”

Psalm 103:8-10

So often in my own life, I have fallen into sin and felt like I was in a whole of condemnation that I couldn’t get of. The sin was not only influencing my intimacy with Jesus, but also acted as a chain bound around my hands and feet stopping me from being who I was created to be and making me feel like a worthless spec in the eyes of God. Maybe you can relate to this when you have sinned or in habitual sin. It is like an overwhelming sense of un-worthiness. However this is complete lies! According to David’s words in these verses, God’s attitude and actions towards us are completely the opposite to what we deserve.

God’s character is full of love. He is compassionate and merciful. He knows we will make mistakes yet He still loves us. He is slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love (commitment love) towards us. When we slip up or make mistakes, He doesn’t come with a pointed finger condemning us of our sins and making us feel worthless. He doesn’t stay angry with us even though we might keep falling down. He even doesn’t deal with us as we deserve to be dealt with. He is love. He won’t stop loving us because of our behaviour. He loves us all the time irrespective of our behaviour.

However, when the Holy Spirit does convict us, (a Godly prompt that what we are doing or how we are living isn’t God’s best for us or in accordance with His ways), our role is to accept His prompting, ask forgiveness and get back up. God doesn’t want us to accept the lies that we are doomed to eternal damnation if we fall down. He doesn’t want us to stay down but get back up. He wants us to live in the truth that after you have asked for forgiveness He has forgotten about your sin and wants to shower you with more of His love. Reject the lies and accept the truth.