Mercy

Posted: July 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

The dictionary defines mercy as, 1) Compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; 2) The discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, such as to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty.  From a Christian perspective we typically view mercy as God’s choice to forgive us of our sin.

Someone has said, God’s grace gives us what we do not deserve.  God’s mercy keeps us from getting what we do deserve.  But mercy actually goes much deeper than that.  Mercy has to do with God’s attitude towards people who are in trouble.  You could say that in the midst of our struggling, or suffering, or helplessness, God has pity on us.  But God’s mercy is also more than just His pity.  God’s mercy has power to do what we can’t.  God’s acts of delivering the oppressed, the afflicted, the poor, and the fatherless are all described as coming from his mercy (Isaiah 49:13, Psalm 59:17, Proverbs 14:31, Hosea 14:3).

Everything God does on our behalf, He does out of mercy.  Best of all, God’s mercy towards us does not depend on our actions or our desires.  God’s mercy is based solely on His desire to show mercy (Romans 9:15,16).

Psalm 103:17 tells us that God’s mercy is “from everlasting to everlasting.”  It is eternal.

Lamentations 3:23 tells us His mercies are new every morning.  They never run out.

In all honesty I can say there is not a day that goes by that I don’t feel like I have failed Him in one way or another.  And yet day after day, God extends His mercy to me.  Why?  Because He loves me.

Psalm 51:1 says, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and loving-kindness…”

No matter how unworthy we may feel because of the junk in our lives, God is always extending His mercy towards us simply because He loves us.

Can you begin to appreciate just how far reaching God’s mercy is?  It’s always there.  His love is unconditional and His mercy never ending.

In Matthew 13 Jesus shares a parable that expresses the depths of God’s mercy.  In verse 44 Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Some time ago I was watching a documentary concerning the discovery of the largest Saxon treasure ever found in England.  It was discovered by an amateur treasure hunter with a metal detector.  He was walking around in a farmer’s field and found a small gold trinket.  As he continued sweeping his metal detector over the spot he found more trinkets.  After a short time it became evident that this was more than just a few small trinkets.  To make a long story short, this man had discovered a cache containing hundreds or perhaps thousands of Saxon artifacts.  I don’t recall the value of the treasure, but I seem to remember that the finder’s fee was a little over three million dollars.

In Jesus’ illustration the man found the treasure, but then buried it so that no one would know it had been found.  Then in his joy, he sold everything he had in order to buy the field, and so obtain the treasure.

In the parable the field is the world, we are the treasure, the man buying the treasure is God, and the price that was paid was the life of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus.

Notice, the story says “in his joy” he sold all that he had in order to buy the field.  God gave all that He had – His Son – to purchase us and He did it “in His joy.”

Hebrews 12:2 says, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Amplified Version says, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him…

Do you see it?  We are His joy.  He did all this because of his loving kindness towards us.  Do you think for one minute that He is not moved by our struggles; our helplessness?  No matter how unworthy we may feel or how badly we may have messed up, God’s mercy is there.

You are His joy and His mercy will never stop flowing in your direction no matter how deep your troubles may be.  Take some time this week to meditate on God’s mercy in your life.  If we can help email us at info@fruitbearers.com.

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