Mercy, so sweet!

During recent weeks in our N.C.I.S. study of the commands of God, I have been reminded just how much we fall short and are in need of God’s mercy. Fortunately, the Bible says, “God is rich in mercy” (Ephesians 2:4). That means there is no lack of love or shortage of mercy with our Lord. We learn in scripture that God offers mercy through the cross of Calvary. You may feel, as I do, underserving of His mercy—and you would be right. But still, He offers His mercy freely and graciously. The apostle Paul wrote, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done but because of His mercy” (Titus 3:5).

Here are words of C.H. Spurgeon on this subject: Meditate a little on the mercy of the Lord. It is tender mercy. With gentle, loving touch, He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds. He is gracious in the manner of His mercy as in the matter of it. It is great mercy. There is nothing little in God; His mercy is like Himself—it is infinite. You cannot measure it. His mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time, and then gives great favors and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heavens of the great God. It is undeserved mercy, as indeed all true mercy must be, for deserved mercy is only a misnomer for justice. There was no right on the sinner’s part to the kind consideration of the Most High; had the rebel been doomed at once to eternal fire he would have richly merited the doom, and if delivered from wrath, sovereign love alone has found a cause, for there was none in the sinner himself. It is rich mercy. Some things are great, but have little efficacy in them, but this mercy is a cordial to your drooping spirits; a golden ointment to your bleeding wounds; a heavenly bandage to your broken bones; a royal chariot for your weary feet; a bosom of love for your trembling heart. It is manifold mercy. As Bunyan says, “All the flowers in God’s garden are double.” There is no single mercy. You may think you have but one mercy, but you will find it to be a whole cluster of mercies. It is abounding mercy. Millions have received it, yet far from its being exhausted; it is fresh, as full, and as free as ever. It is unfailing mercy. It will never leave you. If mercy by your friend, mercy will be with you in temptation to keep you from yielding; with you in trouble to prevent you from sinking; with you living to be light and life of your countenance; and with you dying to be the joy of your soul when earthly comfort is ebbing fast.

Our great need is for mercy and, fortunately, this gift of God is not in short supply. Look to the Lord to receive it daily and live by it always. Let your life be a place of mercy and a testimony for the One who shows mercy!

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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