“Steadfast is His kindness for us, and the fidelity of the Lord endures forever.” Psalm 117
Imagine that God remains steadfast in His kindness for us even when we repeatedly say and do things we don’t mean because we are weakened by our illnesses (or don’t get enough sleep, for that matter!). And illness is not confined to mental illness but to any illness that limits our ability or causes us to experience physical discomfort. We are only human and there are very few of us who can be charitable towards others when it is us that are in need.
We make bad choices, even life-threatening ones such as going off a prescribed diet because of the necessity of eating unpleasant foods or not taking medicine because it entails giving ourselves stomach injections or has unpleasant side effects. Even if we make the bad choice not to have that suspicious lump checked because we are afraid He is faithful and kind towards us.
God even remains kind and faithful towards us if we don’t forgive at the moment of death or drink and drive recklessly and by chance kill ourselves or someone else. Most comforting of all, He remains steadfast in kindness towards those who choose not to get treatment for a brain illness that then becomes terminal by suicide. Even when these moments of death might seem for us to occur in a split second, for God that moment is as a thousand years. It says so in scripture. Those who worry about their loved one’s salvation can be comforted. There is more time for repentance than we might think, and that is the culmination of God’s perfect kindness and fidelity.
We must remember that sins occur early and late in our lives. Our Lord’s kindness and fidelity endures forever. Therefore, praise and thank Him frequently. His steadfast love and fidelity towards us endures forever.