#5738 – Merciful People

Good morning people who commit to being kind and gentle with yourself.

Proverbs 11:17 MEV The merciful man does good to his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own body.

The word merciful here means kindness. So, think about this.

The person who can be kind to themselves will do good to their own soul. Oh, how many of us need to hear this now and receive it by faith in God.

Why is it that we believe God can accept us and be kind to us, and yet many of us struggle to accept ourselves and be kind to ourselves?

I love the following scripture, and I wonder if God wants to speak from it to ourselves from ourselves:

Philippians 4:5 NIV Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Is our gentleness towards ourselves evident to ourselves? If not, why not?

The alternative is the second part of our opening verse: but he who is cruel troubles his own body. None of us want this.

Here’s what I feel the Lord wants to say to some of you who are reading this today:

“Ease up on yourself; be kind to yourself. I know you missed the mark, and that’s why I sent My Son Jesus. He paid the ultimate price so that you don’t have to keep on punishing yourself. Yes, My grace is a free gift, but you need to receive it. I hear you say that you don’t deserve it. That’s correct, no one does, and that’s why I’ve supplied it. So, receive grace from Me today and extend it to yourself. Let’s keep walking forward together.”