You are a gracious and merciful God, slow
to anger and abundant in lovingkindness,
One who relents from doing harm.
I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, “The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.”
Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us … Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; and deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, for Your name’s sake! § O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do it for Your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against You. § We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against You.
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.
Jonah 4:2; Num. 14:17–18; Ps. 79:8–9;
Jer. 14:7; 14:20; Ps. 130:3–4
Sanctification by the Spirit.
Awake, O north wind, and come, O south! Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out.
Observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! § (The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth,) finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
The Helper [is] the Holy Spirit. § The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.
In a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.
One and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
2 Thess. 2:13; Song 4:16; 2 Cor. 7:11; Eph. 5:9–10;
John 14:26; Rom. 5:5; Gal. 5:22; 2 Cor. 8:2; 1 Cor. 12:11