Ready to Forgive

           One of the best facts about God (if there can be a “best” about all that He is) is His mercy. He is such a dad when it comes to this attribute. No matter how much we miserably blow it, and no matter how much He has to discipline us, He keeps on loving us and being a Father to us. In fact, Psalm 86:5 says, “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You” (NKJ).

           The fact that He’s “ready to forgive” (callach [saw-lawkh’] in Hebrew) means He is able to be placated, appeased, or stopped from being angry. And what stops Him from being angry? Confession. Admit it; agree with God when you’ve been wrong, turn from that thing, that person, that place, or that action, and start living the way He would want.

          With a good, merciful Father who is always ready to forgive us, can’t our love for Him and thankfulness toward Him help us do a little better at not miserably blowing it so much?


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on August 21, 2011.

2 Responses to “Ready to Forgive”

  1. I really enjoy reading your posts. So thank you for writing them. Confession is so important, admitting sin. We all sin. None of us are shy of that and we serve a very loving and redemptive God. As you said a very Fatherly God, heavenly Father too not earthly father. But we do need to come to Him and say that we are sorry. Sometimes I think our focus and appreciation of GRACE tends to overlook this fact. Thanks for your wisdom my dear!
    Laura ~ @Ldm4hk

  2. Wow! That is an out of the ordinary slant.

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