full, and fill’d full

I love the ocean … the ocean is often used as an analogy for God’s mercy.  The poet says about God’s mercy …

God’s boundless mercy is, to sinful man,
    Like to the ever-wealthy ocean:
    Which though it sends forth thousand streams, ’tis ne’er
    Known, or else seen, to be the emptier;
    And though it takes all in, ’tis yet no more
    Full, and fill’d full, than when full fill’d before.
~Robert Herrick

How blessed to know that God’s mercy is full, and fill’d full … his mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.  His mercy is the fount from which his forgiveness flows.  

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.~1 John 2:1-2

Jesus’ death, sin paid in full, is the ultimate evidence of his mercy.  God invites us to live in relationship with him … accepting this gift of mercy and love.

God hath two wings which He doth ever move;
    The one is mercy, and the next is love:
    Under the first the sinners ever trust;
    And with the last He still directs the just.
~Robert Herrick

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