You are in need of mercy. Yes, you are! We all need God’s mercy. Where is His mercy when we need it?
In my pastoral ministry, I uncovered two disturbing thoughts. These beliefs hold Christians back from enjoying peace with God. One is the thought God had not quite forgiven them of repented sin. The other unholy thought is God’s mercy does not extend to them.
(You can read at the bottom of this post what I wrote on SIN.)
This article will dispel any thought on the availability of God’s mercy to the believer.
Let us take a look at GOD’S MERCY.
To us who have sinned there remains God’s mercy. His [God’s] mercy is an uncommon kind of mercy. Most of the time our mercy is contingent our emotional feelings at the time of the offense.
Dictionary.com defines mercy as Compassion or forgiveness when shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
In contrast to men’s mercy, God’s mercy is not an emotional response to an offense. His mercy remains constant. God’s mercy does not change with the tide of emotion. It remains constant.
God’s mercy is like the shoreline of the ocean. When we are bobbing up and down in the waves of uncertainty, the shore remains secure. His mercy anchors our soul on His beach.
There is one caveat though.
We must admit our need for His mercy. His mercy is stable, secure and unchangeable. We are the ones in need of mercy.
So, read on for this life-affirming news I have for you.
“God is more willing to pardon than to punish. Mercy does more multiply in Him than sin in us. Mercy is His nature.” — Thomas Watson
It is God’s very nature to have mercy. He is the personification of mercy itself.
Five powerful scriptures assuring us of God’s mercies
1. Thank God, we are not burned up in the fiery wrath of God’s judgment everytime we fail Him.
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22–23 (KJV)
We have compassion when a loved one dies or is ill but then as time moves on, our compassions diminish. Yet, God’s mercy and compassion never dwindle over time. No, His unfailing concern for us remains constant. Every morning new mercies are available.
2. We have the sure mercies of David
And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.’ Acts 13:34 (NKJV)
King David sinned, we know this from reading his story. But he always returned to the shoreline of God’s mercy. This truth assures us to know God’s mercy remains for us this day.
3. Our God is GOOD!
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Psalms 100:5 NKJV
We serve a GOOD GOD. One who has an endless supply of mercy. His mercy remains true and steadfast even though many generations have come and gone.
4. Our God has an unlimited supply of tender mercies.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Psalms 51:1 (KJV)
God through His Son, Jesus assures us He has an unlimited supply of mercies available for us. His mercies are tender. This is a strong kind of tender. Even though our transgressions are grave. They are dirty and filthy, His tenderness is more powerful! Powerful enough to erase our repented sin forever.
5. The enduring mercies of God.
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever. I Chronicles 16:34 (KJV)
When we have nothing to thank God for, think again. The shoreline of God’s mercies remains secure. When misfortune, illness, poverty, or friends leave us, it is good to remember. God’s mercy remains, relentless and intact. He is a good God, always willing to redeem us with His mercy.
Have you experienced God’s mercy in your life?
What does it mean for you to be covered by the mercy of God?
My call to action is for you to extend mercy to those who have offended you in the past.
This is what God does each day for you and for me.
Why not be an extension of God’s mercy today?
Let’s have a conversation about God’s mercy. Give me some input.