Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
"Don't get mad -- get even." This seems to be the usual way people view the world nowadays. We should be thankful that God takes a different view of things. Although the Bible makes it very clear that God is the Great Judge who hates all evil, He is also the Merciful One, who forgives and accepts people who turn to Him.
In Isaiah 55:7: Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
And in Ezekiel 33:1: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’
In Acts 3, the Apostle Peter is preaching a sermon, and he uses a word that is not very popular today in many churches; That word is “Repent.” In Acts 3:19 The Bible says: Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
Repentance does not describe being sorry, but describes the act of turning around. And as Peter used that word in chapter two, he uses it here in chapter 3. Peter made the word“repent” a word of hope. He told them that they had done wrong; but that they could turn it around and become right with God. Allow me to ask you, are you right with God?
God of Mercy and great Compassion, have mercy on me a sinner, and help me to live each day for You and looking unto You in everything I do. For I ask this, in the wonderful name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.