Psalm 86:14-15: O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Meditation: This portion of the Psalm by King David contrasts the wrath of proud men to the longsuffering of an all knowing God. It is a great contradiction for man to benefit from the longsuffering of God and not show it one to another. It is especially egregious for believers who know the longsuffering of God to not offer the same to other believers. Regardless of the existence of this contradiction we must remember the greatest contradiction experienced in human history is that Jesus the savior of the world was crucified by man, otherwise, we are likely to faint in our minds (Heb. 12:3).
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being longsuffering to us. Help us to yield to the fruit of the spirit, longsuffering, in our daily lives. Amen.