Undeserved mercy from God in Jesus Christ
by Gini Crawford, MSW
God's mercy is a characteristic that fits well here in this daily devotional. God knew we were helpless to save ourselves! He knew our sin and its consequences could be taken care of only through His mercy, so He sent Jesus Christ to this earth to die for us. He did this so He could show us His love instead of His wrath.
God is merciful means that He takes loving action to alleviate our misery from the consequences of our sin. In 1 Timothy 1:15-16 Paul explains how God gave him mercy as the foremost of sinners.
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. NASB®
None of us deserve God's mercy, but He abundantly gives it to us through Jesus Christ. Jesus became Man so He could represent us on the cross - to bring God's mercy to us. Jesus also became a Man so He could show us mercy and grace in all things.
Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. ... Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:14-16 NASB®
We all have people in our lives that we need to show mercy to. Read James 3:13-18 and ask the Spirit to empower you to give that person love and mercy, and to show you how you can specifically do it. If you are having trouble giving that person mercy, just remember the rich mercy God has given you through Jesus, even when you were His enemy.
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