Jesus Loves Us With “Tender Mercies”

Problems… trials… troubles… are part of life. We all face them. And when we do, it’s the grace of God that sustains us.
David was going through a troubling time. Maybe Saul was closing in on him. Maybe David is dealing with the sin of his affair with Bathsheba. We aren’t sure what he was facing. But David he was going through some kind of trial. David says, “For troubles surround me.”
Have you ever felt like that? Like troubles surround you? But in the preceding verse, David prayed, “Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.” I love that phrase… “tender mercies…”
I don’t know what you are going through today, but the Lord’s “tender mercies” are available to you as well. Think about those two words;
“Tender…” means gentle… not harsh but gentle. Maybe someone has been harsh to you… maybe someone has said something harsh and you can’t get out of your head. The Lord wants to give us “tender mercies…”
“Mercies…” mercy is grace… love… forgiveness… compassion…
So… put those words together and you have “gentle mercy… gentle grace.”
When you look at the life of Jesus, throughout His earthly ministry Jesus shared “gentle grace” with people. Jesus was compassionate.
He had a conversation in broad daylight with the woman at the well. She had been married many times but Jesus still talked to her and ministered to her. Today, someone might would say, “What is Jesus doing talking to THAT.”
Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to “go and sin no more.”
When Peter denied the Lord, Jesus restored him and told him “feed my sheep…” Jesus had tender mercies with all these.
He has tender mercies for us as well.
Today, accept the tender mercies of Jesus. Let it forgive your sin.. let it help you deal with the memories of mistakes you’ve made. Let it love you in spite of our flaws.

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