Our Bible verse for today: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great (abundant, boundless) mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead …” 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God’s attributes are without limit.”
When we speak of something being “infinite” we’re almost always misusing the word. The word infinite means without end, without boundaries. Nothing is truly infinite except God. So for instance, when we speak of a man who is a very patient person as being “infinitely patient” we’re paying him a great compliment, but it’s a compliment that isn’t really true. The only One who truly has “infinite” patience is God.
Everything about God is infinite, including His patience, but also every other one of His attributes as well. Theologians call this “the infinitude of God”. This is different from His eternal nature. Being eternal means that God is without beginning and without end, being infinite means He is without limit in all respects.
Not only is God Himself infinite, but everything about Him is infinite as well. That includes His love, mercy, patience, kindness, goodness, and compassion. It includes His power, His knowledge, His presence, and His justice. His riches are also infinite, they are boundless and without limit. (I’m looking forward to spending all of eternity exploring the richness of God and of His amazing creation.)
The infinitude of God is actually of great blessing to me personally because I’m sure it sometimes takes an infinite amount patience, love, mercy and grace on God’s part just to keep putting up with me. (You might be laughing but it’s true about you too!)
In 1 Peter 1:3 the Apostle was praising God for His infinite, boundless, limitless mercy. The boundless nature of the mercy Peter was praising Him for is true of every other attribute of God as well. I encourage you to select an attribute of God for which you are especially grateful this morning and then spend some time praising Him for it. His limitless love would be a good one, as would His limitless mercy and compassion, just to offer an example or two.