Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 19, 2011
“For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth FOR EVER. PRAISE YE THE LORD.” Psalm 117:2 KJV
The mercy of the Lord reaches out to the vilest sinner. The breadth of His grace has no boundaries; therefore we are compelled to erupt in gratitude to God. His mercy is all encompassing, of the basest evil and grander than the greatest offense. The Lord’s mercy fails not, daily like freshly baked bread, it is warm and appetizing to all who partake.
Mercy is twice blessed; it blesses him that gives, and him that takes (Shakespeare). God’s mercy is foundational for all our comfort, and His truth is fundamental for all our hope. It is our mandate from God to be merciful to mankind; as it makes us more like Jesus. In Christ Jesus, God has shown us great merciful kindness. He made us alive in Christ.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5).
Furthermore, as a follower of Jesus you have daily moments to model and minister mercy. It may be a restaurant server who messed up your order, be merciful. You get cut off in traffic, be merciful. You are embarrassed in front of your friends by harsh and unfair criticism, be merciful. Your child fails miserably, be merciful. Mercy is kind.
Anyone who does not meet your lofty standards or proud preferences doesn’t deserve to be crushed under pressure of your merciless microscope. Pride is defensive, impatient and merciless. Humility is trusting, patient and merciful. Indeed, emulate the Lord’s longsuffering and you will live a much more pleasant and abundant life.
“So speak and so act, as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:12-13, NASB).
So, enjoy the benefits of mercy: forgiveness, kindness, benevolence, acceptance, healing, peace of mind and reconciliation. Mercy is your friend who does not seek to make enemies. Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful and you will experience mercy. By God’s grace righteous actions can be reciprocated, so be merciful for Christ’s sake.
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).
Where would I be without the mercy of God and others? Who do I need to extend that same mercy with forgiveness and acceptance?
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