“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”Psalm 103:8
During the Thanksgiving season as we try to show gratitude, we may be reminded of those who ought to thank us but haven’t. And when this happens again and again, we start asking, “How many more times should I bear with this person’s ingratitude?” Of course, it is not only ungrateful people who offend us. Countless offenses can have us wondering just how longsuffering we have to be. Out of a sense of justice, we declare, This is unfair or I have a right to be angry. Before we know it, our thankful thoughts at Thanksgiving have evolved into irritation and complaint.
But God answers our ingratitude with abounding love. As we repeatedly offend Him by neglecting to thank Him and by doing wrong to others, He has every right to be angry with us. Yet He patiently bears with us. He compassionately bears our sins. He even “gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
God’s righteous anger and infinite love met at the cross. Knowing this, how can we not praise Him?
“Do you wish to see God’s love? Look at the cross.” (D.A. Carson, 1999)