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“For He says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion. So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of GOD who shows mercy.’” Romans 9:15-16
According to Easton’s dictionary, “mercy” is compassion towards the miserable.
We were miserable without GOD on our side, but HE loved us. Mercy is GOD’S compassion towards people who do not deserve it. To those whom it is offered but refused, judgment awaits; however, to those who receive it, eternal life awaits.
JESUS never took HIS focus off HIS goal, the cross and HIS love for us. Even as HE carried the cross, HE persevered through betrayal, hopelessness, and shame and put our needs (i.e. salvation) before HIS pain. What an expression of love!
What is salvation, but the mercy of GOD?! GOD sent HIS only SON that whoever believes in HIM will not perish but have everlasting life. While we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us. There was nothing we could have done to earn it, and it’s something that we could never repay. HIS mercy allowed us to pass from death to life. It’s all on GOD! That makes me glad.
Salvation was of the Jews, and we Gentiles were grafted in. HE called us who were not HIS people to be HIS people. We became the recipients of HIS mercy. The whole world was under condemnation and hell-bound, but JESUS was our ram in the bush. We deserve death because the wages of sin is death, but HE was the ONE who took upon HIMSELF the wrath of GOD and died on the Cross at Calvary. It was mercy inaction and love in full manifestation.
JESUS’ rising from the grave was merciful because it showed us that we would also be raised to spend eternity with HIM. Oh, HE loves us so much! The CREATOR of all the earth wants to be with us.
All day every day HE pours out HIS love on us. What GOD news! I always think about HIS mercy towards me and never cease to be in awe of it. I will never understand it, yet I am so grateful that HE didn’t leave me in the state I was in. I’m glad HE poured out HIS love on us all.
What should our response be? Thanksgiving, praise, honor, worship…a lifestyle that pleases HIM. What HE has done for us, we can pay it forward and reap the benefits, for HE has said that if we are merciful, we will obtain mercy. We don’t deserve it, but we live under its daily banner. Let us remember what HE showered on us when we encounter those who don’t deserve mercy either. HE left us an example to follow…let’s do it by the grace of GOD!
Additional Scriptures: John 3:16; Romans 11:19; Ephesians 2:8; John 5:24; 1 Peter 2:10; Romans 5:8; Romans 9:25; Romans 6:23; Lamentations 3:22-23; Matthew 5:7; John 4:22 (https://rb.gy/rzips) __________________________________________________________
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
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