February 18

Psalm 63:1-8(9-11); Psalm 98; Psalm 103; Daniel 9:3-10;
Hebrews 2:10-18
; John 12:44-50

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love…he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”  Psalm 103:8-9b

These words call us with their promise of gracious, unearned love and forgiveness. How can they be true? Can we accept a love that overlooks our faults and shortcomings, a love that forgives us and challenges us to be the best version of ourselves, a love that strives to lift us into the light?

Only faith can breathe life and truth into these words. Faith allows us to trust in the goodness of the Lord and his love for each of us. Only faith enables us to accept His forgiveness of our iniquities.

When we accept the Lord’s compassionate, gracious, and abundant love we also accept a challenge: Can we treat others as we believe the Lord will treat us? Can we repay insults and injuries from others with compassion, forgiveness, and love?

Decades ago the phrase “What would Jesus do?” emerged in the popular culture. Abbreviated to “WWJD” it was worn on bracelets by many to be a reminder of how to behave and strive in the world. “WWJD” bracelets are not as popular as they once were, but “WWJD?” remains a vital question to hold in our hearts. Verses 8 and 10 of Psalm 103 guide us towards an answer to that question.

Heavenly Father, through Your gracious compassion and abounding love, and through Your forgiveness for our sins, you have given us an example to emulate. We pray for the faith we need that we may follow your example in all that we do. Amen.