Whetstone Ministries


Daily Encouragements


April 16

Tender Mercies – Psalm 79

How do you show tender mercy to others?

Think of the worst thing that anyone has ever done against you. Have you completely forgiven them? Think carefully about your answer, because this is very important. Jesus said, “If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14, 15). These verses explain why it so important that you forgive others.

You must forgive others before you can really cry out to God and ask for His forgiveness. First forgive, and then you can pray, “O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent [come to] us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake” (vv. 8, 9).

God is very eager to forgive you of any and all sins that you have committed against Him. However, as long as you have anger or bitterness in your heart toward another person, you will not be able to genuinely ask for His forgiveness.

First, forgive those individuals who have offended you. Next, pray for them, and ask God to forgive them and bless them. Then, you will have the freedom to ask and receive His forgiveness for yourself.

Tender mercy is not a character quality that most people have naturally, but it is a special quality that God will give to you. He will do this so other people will be drawn to Him as they observe you showing mercy.

“So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations” (v. 13).