Lamentations 3:22–23 (NKJV)
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Read that first sentence again… Through the Lord’s mercies, we are not consumed! We do a lot of stupid stuff, we fall into unbelief, we sin, the list of our failures could fill this devotional but His mercy will not allow us to be consumed in any of it. If that is not remarkable, I don’t know what is!
We Could Have Died!
There is no sliding scale when it comes to sin. Sin is falling short of perfection, whether we fall an inch or we fall a mile, we still fall. Sin is what separates us from our eternal hope. James 2:10 teaches us… (10) For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all… It is easy to look at another and judge their sin, to look at it as more significant than ours, but that is simply not true. Each of us has sinned and fallen short of our goal, we all deserve spiritual death, praise God that we are not consumed because of His mercy!
Sin is just not a fun thing to talk or write about. None of us want to admit that we have fallen short. It is very important to understand the reason God’s mercies are renewed daily… He loves us! He picks us up out of our sin and shows us mercy because His compassions fail not. We may fail over and over but scripture promises that His compassions will never fail.
New Every Morning
Now We have an assurance that God is going to forgive us continually, the question is, do we live in that hope? Our goal should be to wake up each morning in new life, in new forgiveness, with His promise. I think far too often we hold onto sin that has been forgiven. We should absolutely hold ourselves accountable, but we are going to mess up. We are going to fall short. We must pick ourselves up, dust off the sin that is holding us back from His promises, and live in that new life the Lord promises.
Great is His faithfulness.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.