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Merciful and Gracious

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 103:8, ESV).

Now Psalm 103 reaches this most comforting declaration, a refrain repeated (with slight variation) thrice in the psalter, and found similarly elsewhere in Scripture. This is the hope of the repentant heart; God is merciful, and hears the prayers of those who come to Him. God is kind and forgiving, His abundant love awaits those who draw near to Him, who fix their eyes upon the cross of His love.


Take refuge in God’s steadfast love. Let your guilt and sin not drive you to hide from the Almighty, but to run to His merciful arms. Believe in His abundant mercy, and receive His grace in your time of need. May the compassion of the Holy One give you solace and strength through every season, every day.

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