“But I lead a blameless life; redeem and be merciful to me.” (Psalm 26:11)
Frequently the psalmist sought God’s mercy. God’s mercy (Hebrew – chanan) is His unmerited blessing and favor. It expresses His love and compassion, apart from which there would be no salvation. Mercy is a basic characteristic of God.
He defines the word by who He is. No human analogies are sufficient to define it. God is not neutral or basically opposed to humans. He is partial to us and shows us undeserved mercy. God’s mercy makes deliverance and forgiveness possible.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Your mercy is showered upon us, even though we do not deserve it. Still, this Your characteristic and seek for us to understand it and to learn to be his way in our own lives. We are to love others as You love us; we are to give mercy to those to others as it is given to us, and we are to always seek to forgive others, as we too are forgiven. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God has given us two hands; one to receive with and the other to give with.”
“So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled thee. The Lord gave hem rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord handed all their enemies over to them. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:43-45)
In their history God’s people learned to count on God to fulfill His promises and lead them to a life of fulfilling peace and rest. No historical opposition can gain victory against God and His purposes. In His grace, God gave Israel the land and fulfilled all His promises even when Israel did not fulfill their commitments. Salvation is sure because of God’s grace and faithfulness, beloved, to His promises.
“But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of he one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:15, 20-21)
Grace is not limited to a select few. God, in providing salvation through Jesus, offers grace to all sinners in abundance. The supply of grace is far greater than all human capacity to sin. In God’s plan grace will ultimately rule the world. Can I get an amen?!
Second Thought of the Day:
“Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (Peter 1:10-13)
Salvation and grace are used almost interchangeably in verse 10. These verses reveal the dynamic nature of grace. Its use in verse 13 refers to the second coming of Christ. Salvation is of grace from start to finish.
Beloved, Jesus entered the world as a small baby in humble surroundings and led a life of a humble carpenter, until it was time for His ministry on this earth was to begin. Upon His return, the full scope of Jesus’ power, purpose, and personhood will be revealed, and it will be in His full glory. This fact becomes the anchor for hope and holy obedience for the whole world. It is not tool late, if you have not accepted Him yet, but when He comes, it will be too late. Do not wait, for your eternal soul is at stake.