When we come together to worship, it is to not only to give thanks to God for His blessings and faithful love, but also to learn from Him so that we may grow in ways that please Him. As weak human beings, we will fail our God and each other. But God will not fail nor forsake us. ‘His loving kindness is better than life’ and His tender mercy is assured. Jesus became the visible fountain of mercy when He died on the cross for our salvation. He who bathes us with His precious blood desires “mercy, not sacrifice” (Mt. 12:8). The test of our spiritual growth can be gauged by the sacrifice of our worship leading to our being less judgemental, and being more forgiving, compassionate and kind. Lord Jesus, as You pour Your mercy upon us, may we come to appreciate that this mercy received from You, is the same mercy we are to extend to others. Amen.