“But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me.” (Psalm 26:11)
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 expresses us undeserved mercy. God’s mercy makes deliverance and forgiveness possible.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we hear of people being praised for their “works” but works without faith are good deeds, that will not get you into the kingdom of heaven. God honors us because of our relationship with Him, and our deeds then honor Him for His grace and mercy. Thank You, Abba, for your open love for Your people. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Those who sow sparingly will reap sparingly; those who sow abundantly, received abundantly.”
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of he glory of God. For if by the trespass of he one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who received God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:2, 17)
God so abundantly supplies us with sufficient grace that we have a place to stand and something great for which to live. Grace is not simply a one-time gift we receive. It is a state in which we live. Life itself is a continuing experience of God’s salvation, and experience made possible by God’s continuing grace. Salvation is never something we can lay claim to as a possession earned. It is always a gift received in grace.
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion are are truing to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-8)
God’s call into His kingdom is by the grace of Christ. A gospel not of grace, whether of law or of some other substance, is not the apostolic gospel. Without grace there is no good news worth hearing or sharing. People who deceived others by changing the gospel to include human achievement and pride deserve eternal condemnation.
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 o f the things that have now been told yo by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” (1st Peter 1:10-13)
Salvation and grace are used almost interchangeably in verse 10. These verses show the dynamic nature of grace. Its use in verse 13 refers to the second coming Christ. Salvation is of grace from start to finish. The full scope of Jesus’ power, purpose, and personhood will be revealed when He returns. His second coming will bring the consummation of God’s redemptive grace. This face becomes the anchor for hope and holy obedience.