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Nehemiah 9:26-31, Ezra Reminds of God's Mercy

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Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
— Nehemiah 9:31

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, December 1, 2018

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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It can be amazing how creative human beings can be. What’s more is how creative we can be in our justifications of wrongs we commit against our fellows.

Ezra continued to remind Israel of their past misdeeds, not out of self-hatred, but out of love. Ezra the prophet wanted Israel to remember its sin for the very purpose of understanding how gentle and gracious God could be to those who returned to God.

God’s mercy is one that we might be called to emulate. Not everyone has the gift, but it is something that we can foster and nurture in our own lives.

Next time someone does something that offends or hurts you, instead of reacting impulsively, try listening to the pain the other person is experiencing. Mercy starts with understanding.

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