Divine Attributes of Mercy ✡ “Slow To Anger, Abounding In Kindness” – Israel365

Rend your hearts rather than your garments, and turn back to Hashem your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in kindness, and renouncing punishment
Joel 2:13 (The Israel Bible™)

קִרְעוּ לְבַבְכֶם וְאַל־בִּגְדֵיכֶם וְשׁוּבוּ אֶל־יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם כִּי־חַנּוּן וְרַחוּם הוּא אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם וְרַב־חֶסֶד וְנִחָם עַל־הָרָעָה
Hear the verse in Hebrew

v’-kir-U l’-vav-KHEM v’-al big-day-KHEM v’-SHU-vu el a-do-NAI e-lo-hay-KHEM kee kha-NUN v’-ra-KHUM HU E-rekh a-PA-yim v’-rav KHE-sed v’-ni-KHAM al ha-ra-AH

Divine Attributes of Mercy

The prophet Yoel (Joel) tells the Children of Israel that all is not lost; if they repent, the impending disaster can be averted. However, repentance must not focus on external behavior, but must consist of a genuine change in one’s thoughts and actions. Although tearing one’s clothing is a sign of mourning, Yoel cautions that those type of actions must reflect internal feelings of remorse. He then references the divine attributes of mercy detailed in Exodus 34:6-7. By mentioning these divine attributes, Yoel reminds his people that God gives second chances, and hints to them how they should behave in order to once again gain favor in His eyes.
Reflect on the divine attributes of mercy

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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 35 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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