Having mercy on someone is not treating them as they deserve. God showed great mercy on His people, you and me, by providing a way for us to be forgiven for our sinful ways. Because God is holy, He can’t ignore or tolerate sin, there must be a consequence or sacrifice made. This consequence is death, which keeps us from having a relationship with Him.
He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. ~ Titus 3:5
God deeply desires to be close to us. This is why He sent His Son, Jesus, who was sinless, to pay for our sins. God’s mercy for us is allowing us to live eternally with Him, even though we don’t deserve it. I’m thankful for the mercy I received, and continue to receive daily, from God.
One of the definitions of mercy in the dictionary is ‘an act of kindness, compassion, or favor’.
God calls all who choose to receive His mercy to pass this mercy on to others. We are to treat others, even when they’re having a bad day, with kindness, compassion and love. Even when they have no excuse for being rude, hateful or disrespectful, we are to be forgiving and merciful. We are to look past the actions and see the person in front of us. Which is what God did for us. He looked past the sin and provided a way for the people to live!
The amazing thing is, God doesn’t expect us to do this on our own. He wants us to call out to Him and ask for His help. What sin do you need God’s help to look past, so you can love on the person behind it?
I’m thankful God equips us with His love, compassion and mercy to pour out onto others.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the mercy you offer us, which brings us eternal life with you. I pray we boldly & courageously show mercy to those around us, Amen