Give Me Mercy!
April 24, 2017
I remember when I was a new Christian and the concept of the mercy of God became very real to me. I knew I was a sinner saved by God's grace and I was grateful for what God did for me on the cross. I also knew that the Bible was a rich revelation of how to live the Christian life. I loved reading it and learning about the reality of God guiding my life in the bible. However, I was and still am human. I had a lot to learn, and I still do.
Once a person visited an injustice on me. At least, that was my perception. I was wronged and I wanted justice for the individual who had wronged me. I went to God and I prayed for justice, a thinly veiled prayer for judgement, immediate, certain and painful for that person. I was certain God would answer that prayer. In response to my self centered prayer, God spoke into my life in one of those rare instances when I knew God was speaking to me. God told me this: "Steve If I judge him, and visit my wrath upon him, I will have to do the same to you!" My prayer changed instantly. "Dear God.. give me mercy, and that person as well."
Mercy is one of the most beautiful attributes of our Lord and God. Think of Jesus showing mercy to the Samartian woman, to lepers (even those who would not return to thank Him), to the outcast, starving and poor. In our humaness, we often cry out for justice, but where would we be without God's mercy? The proof of our having truly understood and received His mercy comes when we ourselves are shaped into people of merch. Have you experienced mercy? Have you given mercy?
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Matthew 5:7)
Pray this prayer with me: God, thank you for being a God of mercy, for without it we could not come before you. May we be filled with your mercy, accepting it, givint it, receiving and giving the mercy you offer. Let your mercy be reflected into the way I interact with others - in my home, church, workplace and community. Make me a person of mercy, like Jesus , in whose name I live. Amen