The One True God is Merciful
by Gini Crawford, MSW
The One True God is merciful. This means He feels sympathy and compassion towards us because of our misery from sin, and He has an active desire to remove those miseries from us. God's mercy brings alleviation of the consequences of our sin. God loved us in mercy and gave to us in grace, resulting in our eternal life with a rich inheritance in heaven. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:3-5). When you think no one has sympathy or compassion towards you, remember God does! He died to alleviate your misery.
Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him. Isaiah 30:18 NASB®
God's mercy is shown to us through Jesus Christ. We didn't deserve God's mercy, because we were walking on a path of rebellion against God. There was no reason for God to show us mercy, because as sinners we were His enemies, deserving His wrath. We didn't love God but He loved us, and sent His Son to die for us, so we could receive His mercy. (Romans 5:10; 1 John 4:10). God's mercy towards me, makes me want to lift up my hands toward the heavens in thanksgiving, and say to my God, "I love you, LORD!" Is God worth your love? He thinks you are worth His love.
And you were dead...in your sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world... Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath... But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:1-5 NASB®
The life-changing power of God's mercy. It was 22 years ago in Rwanda. A man wielding a machete killed a woman's child, and cut off her hand while doing it. Years later, this same woman decided to give mercy to the man that killed her child, and as a result she forgave him. Now they are friends serving the God that gave them both mercy and forgiveness through the death of His Son.
But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy...whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior. ...keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. Titus 3:4-6, Jude 1:21 NASB®
Giving others mercy always seems to bring about a beautiful relational healing. God's mercy, as the story above describes, works miracles in our lives. I have seen it many times in my life and others. We all need mercy. I know I need it quite often. You too?
A question of mercy
John 8 is about the woman caught in adultery. Read John 8:1-11. Would you have picked up a stone and thrown it at her? Or would you have given her mercy? Jesus gave her mercy. Jesus was probably writing the sins of everyone around Him in the sand, to remind them that they are sinners too. We need to keep in mind we are sinners, needing mercy and forgiveness. This thought helps me to give mercy to others. How about you?
None of us deserves God's mercy, but He abundantly gives us sympathy and compassion. We want mercy but at times refuse to give it to others. Ask yourself, do you show other people mercy? If you are having trouble showing mercy, just remember the rich mercy God has given you, even when you don't deserve it. Read Matthew 5:7; Ephesians 2:4-5; Titus 3:5-6; Hebrews 4:14-16; James 2:13. From these passages write down some insights about mercy.
God is merciful, but what if He wasn't? Write a few sentences on how life would be if God didn't show us mercy.
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