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Character of God

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Psalms 145:8 NIV

How would you describe God? He has so many qualities that we would like to emulate. I love this description of God’s character that David has given in today’s verse. Our LORD is gracious and compassionate toward us. He is patient with us when we fail Him. His rich love envelopes us.

God’s Graciousness and Mercy: The verse emphasizes two key attributes of God: His graciousness and mercy. “Graciousness” refers to God’s favor and kindness extended to His creation, even when it is not deserved. “Mercy” speaks of God’s compassion and willingness to forgive and show kindness to those who have wronged Him.

Slow to Anger: This phrase highlights God’s patience and long-suffering nature. Despite humanity’s shortcomings and sins, God does not immediately react with anger or punishment. Instead, He shows patience, giving people opportunities to repent and turn back to Him.

Abounding in Steadfast Love: God’s love is described as abundant and steadfast. It is constant, unwavering, and enduring. This love is not dependent on our actions or circumstances but is rooted in God’s character and faithfulness.

Psalm 145:8 reveals important aspects of God’s character—His grace, mercy, patience, and love. These attributes reflect His infinite goodness and provide assurance to believers that they can rely on His steadfast love and forgiveness.

Overall, Psalm 145:8 serves as a reminder of God’s compassionate nature and His willingness to extend grace and mercy to all who seek Him. It encourages us to trust in God’s character and to approach Him with confidence, knowing that He is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

May we reflect His character and be gracious and compassionate to those we encounter and patient with those who fail us. May His rich love pass through us and surround others today.

–Diane (blog.peacebewithu.org)

Written by Diane Levy

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