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While I believe it is important to use inclusive language whenever possible, it is more important not to lose sight of the message of scripture in doing so. If it is feasible to use inclusive language without bowdlerizing the text or taking the focus off the message, then I do so.
“The Lord is kind and merciful; his mercy endures forever.” That sentence could be rendered as “God is kind and merciful; God’s mercy endures forever.” It’s a little awkward, but ok. But the really important thing about the phrase is its message: that God is kind and merciful, because inclusivity is meaningless without mercy and kindness.