Thankful: God’s mercies are new every morning

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

– Lamentations 3:22-23

Today I am thankful that God’s mercies are new every morning!

Most mornings I don’t want to get out of bed. I’d rather be snug and warm under the covers. It takes a good while for me to acclimate to morning activities and the constant chatter of my daughter, who usually appears on my side of the bed well before any alarms are set.

Even though I am dragging, God’s faithfulness is not. His great love is ready to warm my soul and His grace prepared to hold me close as I get the kids ready for school.

God’s mercies are brand new every morning. They aren’t on repeat, playing the same verse over and over. God brews His mercy fresh when I open my eyes to face the day. And, His mercy just keeps coming, even when I’m running late because I pushed the snooze button a few extra times.

God is steadfast. His love never ends. And when I can’t see it, I need to believe it even more. No matter the circumstances surrounding me or the darkness of the world pressing in, God’s mercies come up with the sun.

Thankful: God is faithful and just to forgive

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

– 1 John 1:9

Today, I am thankful that God is faithful and just to forgive my sins.

When I confess, He will forgive. God has already paid the penalty for my sin. That was finished on the cross. This verse promises me that God is faithful and just in His application of forgiveness. When I come to Him, God will never leave me stranded or alone or destitute. He is faithful and sure to forgive when I turn away from my sin and turn to Him. He will not cast me aside, no matter how filthy my life is.

When He cleanses me, and washes off the dust of sin (and caked-on mud and dirt underneath my fingernails), His justice prevails. God does what He has decided is right, by making me right with Him again. He is holy, and has called me to be holy. So, God forgives and washes away my unrighteousness.

I am clean because of Jesus! My sins are forgiven because of God’s faithfulness and justice.

And that is why I can face every day with confidence and security in Christ, living in the freedom of God’s forgiveness.