God is of tender mercy and His patience far exceeds what we at times are capable of. It is expected of us as Christians to put aside bitterness, evil speaking, be forgiving, and tenderhearted. In the flesh this is impossible, but by Gods grace and Holy Spirit we are made able. (Ephesians 4:29-32). Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
There are many stories we find in scripture which teaches us of God’s mercy, yet one stands out that we see from the beginning of Jobs life the Lord was very kind when He blessed him more in the end of his life than in the beginning. This story gives one hope if we suffer loss and know the tenderness of God and how He is ever merciful no matter what season we are in our life! There is a great lesson here which tells us that it was when Job prayed for his friends the Lord turned Jobs captivity away from him. (Job 42:10-17) And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days…….. (James 5:10-11).
It is written no man can look upon God and live, and when Moses was allowed to see the Lord walk by him it was because he had found grace in His sight and was known by name before Him. (Exodus 33:17-23). And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.