The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore, I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV)
Did you wake up feeling defeated this morning?
Are there regretful actions or words on replay in your mind?
Did you blow it in a big way?
Girl, have I been there!
But I’m here to give you a word from the Lord. God started speaking to me yesterday about you when I went and shared the word with some sweet women in jail. You see … these ladies need hope because their life situations are pretty dim right now. So many are experiencing the consequences of their poor decisions, and they are mourning their sinful actions.
God reminded me that we all need some encouragement too.
The prophet, Jeremiah, spoke these scriptures in Lamentations to the children of Israel after they were taken captive by the Babylonian empire. The Israelites were in great mourning and despair because God’s judgment had brought the consequences of bondage upon them for their sin.
In truth, the Israelites deserved death for their gross idolatry and sin, but our merciful God spared their lives.
This scripture in Lamentations reminds us that no matter how we sin or mess up, God’s steadfast love for us never ceases. According to the Hebrew interpretation, the word steadfast far exceeds the basics of mercy, grace, forgiveness, and compassion.
This word steadfast translates to a “great love.” That’s the kind of love we have from God, a love that hangs in there when we are at our worst in the most challenging situations of our lives.
And no matter what … God will not break His Covenant Love. He proved that over and over with His chosen people.
Every morning that we wake up, we get another chance at making things right or learning from our mistakes.
If we’ve repented … we can start over with God.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences there may be. But it means that God in His unfathomable love will give us mercy to navigate those circumstances.
So, don’t wallow in defeat because the enemy has convinced you that you can’t overcome certain situations or mindsets. You can, in the name of Jesus! (Philippians 4:13)
Don’t think your transgressions are so bad that there is no forgiveness or redemption for you. (Acts 3:19)
Choose today to grab hold of God’s mercy and don’t look back.
With true repentance … God will pave a way of mercy that will take us to new places of hope, redemption, and victory. (1 John 1:9)
God’s got some fresh mercy for you today, friend, so wash your mind in His love and start over.