Why stay faithful?

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A photo I took the other night of the moon on the lake.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]     his mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

One of the luxuries of having grown children is that sometimes, not very often, but sometimes, I awaken without an alarm and can snuggle under the covers on a Colorado morning and enjoy quiet. We leave our windows open as we do not have air conditioning at 7250 feet high, and the cold mountain air makes me dig deeper under my feather comforter.

Oddly enough, this morning caught me pondering how grateful I am that Jesus forgives me every day. Though I love Him with all of my heart, pettiness still fills my heart at times, being self-absorbed and more about myself than others, holding on to small offenses. Yet, he sees me and still loves me.

How can I who dwell in His unending forgiveness and count on his unconditional love, ever think that I have a right to criticize or condemn another? If I can judge someone else's sin, forgetting my own, then I do not understand Jesus love.

As I reflect, He brings this to mind,

"Nothing can separate us from the love of God." Romans 8

"I will never leave you or forsake you."Deut. 31:6

"As far as the east is from the west, so far have I removed your sin from you." Psalm 103

"Go do likewise." Luke 10: 37 (having mercy on our neighbor)

So why do I exercise patience and keep faithful to my husband? Because it is my spiritual service of worship to Jesus, to my God.

Why be patient to a child? Because He has been so patient with me.

Why give mercy, forgiveness to one who has hurt me? Because my Jesus has extended mercy to me over and over again.

When the world can see that we extend the amazing, beyond understanding faithfulness to each other and those who offend us, to those who are lost and broken, to those who are less than perfect as we are, then they will see our good works and glorify the One, our Father in heaven,  who is the source of our worship to Him, who is always, always faithful.

Great is His faithfulness.