Whenever I think of mercy, I think of two things. On the one hand, the word “mercy” conjures up the picture of a guilty person who has been arrested for a crime he was caught doing red-handed. There’s no way to wiggle out of the truth and he’s standing in front of the judge’s bench about to be sentenced. If the judge looks on this criminal and says, “Not guilty, you’re free to go,” mercy was just granted.
The other picture I see when I think of mercy is that of Jesus Christ on the cross, suffering and dying to satisfy God’s wrath that would otherwise be poured out on me. You see, Jesus took my sin onto Himself and when He was nailed to the cross, so was my sin. Now when God, the righteous Judge, looks at me standing before His bench, He sees that Jesus served my sentence already and says, “Not guilty, you’re free to go.”
Psalm 103:10-14 captures the idea of God’s mercy:
“He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.”
Mercy means “not getting what we justly deserve. ”Many of us may not want to admit it, but the truth is we all need God’s mercy. If God dealt with us according to our sins and iniquities, doling out what we justly deserve, we’d all be in a heap of trouble. Thankfully, just like a loving father who pities his children, God pities us, knowing we’re flawed, yet letting our flaws and failures be swallowed up by His great love for us. Our response to so great a love can be nothing less than total devotion, praise, and obedience. Worship God today for being merciful.
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