Mercy: Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
That’s the dictionary’s definition of mercy. To make this more simpler, mercy means not giving you the punishment you deserved although you were guilty.
God says that we all have sinned and fallen short of His glory (Romans 3:23). If we keep this in mind, there should be an eye-opening realization that every day we are alive is an act of God’s mercy. Why is it then so difficult to extend the same measure of grace and mercy to others that we have been given?
We deserve nothing from God. God does not owe us anything. We owe Him everything and yet we give Him pieces of us. We read His word when it is convenient. While waiting for Him to open a door we eagerly seek Him, faithfully attending service, giving, praying and communicating. As soon as things are back to “normal” or comfortable, the passion and drive to seek Him dries up- until we are faced with another burden.
- Mercy kept you while you and your family slept last evening.
- Mercy saved you when others sought to kill you.
- Mercy gave you a job to provide for your family, and may I add a job where you didn’t meet all of the qualifications.
- Mercy said NO! I will not give up on you.
If mercy did not give up on you, don’t you DARE give up on yourself or anyone else.
The judgment of God found us guilty but mercy withheld the punishment. Just as He has been merciful to us, we ought to show the same. ESPECIALLY when we confess to have the characteristics of Christ (Galatians 5:22).
Thank you Jesus for just GIVING us mercy. You took the fall for our crap and I’ll forever praise your name. I owe you a debt that I cannot repay; however I will spend the rest of my days proving my gratitude for all that you have done.
Rejoice the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. (Psalms 86:4-5 NKJV)