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God Delights in Mercy

Anchor Devotional - 11.19.17


“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Psalm 103:12

In an age that has a diminishing view of God, this declaration of radical mercy may sound hard to believe. God is often viewed today as unconcerned with His creation, unloving, or the one to blame for the evil that happens in the world. Surely you’ve heard others complaining, “How could a loving God allow that?”

A grave catastrophe has hit our generation: ignoring the reality of sin and all its effects. We do not call sin by its name. Instead, we call it simply a “mistake,” “an alternative lifestyle,” or “an alternative truth.” Only when we realize the serious nature of our sin will what David says here ring true as good news, showing us what the Lord has done for us.

When Adam sinned, all creation was affected and now suffers the consequences of that sin. But God in His grace sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for the sins of many, in order that we may be forgiven. Sin no longer disrupts our relationship with God because Christ has carried the burden of sin and reconciled us to Him. This is the truth we stand on! [John Joseph, Mponela, Malawi; first year student]

Scripture Focus

Micah 7:18-20

Insight

“My sin, not in part but the whole,/ is nailed to the Cross, and I bear it no more,/ praise the lord, praise the LORD, O my soul!” (Horatio G. Spafford, 1873)

Read the Bible

  • Ezekiel 17-18
  • Psalm 139
  • Philippians 3-4