Today’s Promise

July 8, 2024

God is Gracious and Merciful

The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
Psalm 145:8

The more you know about God, the deeper your faith grows. The more you read the Bible, the more you develop a better understanding of who God is. Today’s promise gives us a clearer understanding of the character of God.

Four Character Qualities of God

This short promise gives us four character qualities of God. Each character quality gives us a better understanding of God and how we relate to Him. Let’s look at these four beautiful qualities of the God you serve.

God is Gracious
First, God is gracious. God’s grace is His love in action. Grace is the favor of God. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. God’s grace sent Jesus into this world to pay the price for your sins. 

His grace reached out to you before you ever cared for Him, and His grace keeps you in close fellowship with Him. God’s grace is never-ending and overflows to you. You will never tap the depth of God’s incredible grace.

God is Merciful
Second, God is merciful. Where grace is getting what you don’t deserve, mercy is not getting what you do deserve. God’s mercy is another expression of His love. God’s greatest mercy is the forgiveness of your sin. Your sin debt is paid through the mercy of God. His mercy opens the door to His presence.

God is Slow to Anger
Third, God is slow to anger. Although God is a God of mercy and grace, He is also a God of justice. Sin brings separation from Him. Sin always leads to death. For those who refuse to turn from their sin, judgment will come. However, God is slow to anger. God always gives room for repentance. At times, His wrath is poured out in righteous judgment, but only as a last resort. God patiently gives time for repentance and restoration.

God is Loving
Finally, God is great in lovingkindness. Lovingkindness is commitment love. Some translations call it “loyal love.” It is God’s steadfast love for His people. God’s lovingkindness releases His grace and mercy into your life. I love that the psalmist added “great in” to His lovingkindness. God is overflowing in his commitment to love you today.

Look at that promise again.

The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. – Psalm 145:8

Make these confessions.

  • God’s grace and mercy are flowing over me today.
  • God is patient with me as I grow in my walk with Him. 
  • When I sin, God is slow to anger and gives me time to repent.
  • God’s commitment love keeps me in close fellowship with Him.

In Jesus’ name,

The God you serve is full of grace and mercy. He is slow to anger and great in His commitment love for you.

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How have you seen God’s graciousness, mercy, and love in your life? (Share your story in the comment section below.)

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  1. Omer July 8, 2024 at 6:18 am - Reply

    God has always been gracious ,merciful and with loving kindness to me as forever.Prsise his holy name🙏😇👍

  2. Karen July 8, 2024 at 7:43 am - Reply

    There are so many ways I have felt His graciousness and loving kindness. I always feel His love protection and direction. He is my Abba Father and my Emmanuel 🙏

  3. Travis Johnson July 8, 2024 at 8:38 am - Reply

    God is our gracious, merciful Father, full of lovingkindness. Let us love and praise Him.

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