I’m not a very merciful person by nature, and I don’t like that about myself. My tendency would be to tell others or myself to just ‘suck it up’ instead of going to compassion. Yet Jesus Christ, the Savior and Lord did not quench the smoking flax or hurt the bruised reed. And He knew the depths of the evil and sin in each person’s heart with whom He came into contact. His mercy on me has been really making me think about why I need to show more mercy.
Mercy is hard. Mercy is hard especially when you’ve been wounded, when you’ve been hurt, but I have to say that there was none more hurt and wounded than Jesus Christ when He willingly went to the cross, abandoned by His disciples, and even experienced the agony of His Father turning His face from Jesus (so that Jesus could take the full brunt of God’s wrath against sin.)
In order to show more mercy, I have to understand who God is and what His mercy means.
In three particular passages the Lord declares His ABUNDANT mercy (How often could you be cited as having abundant mercy?)
‘The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.’ (Psalm 103:8)
‘And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,’ (Exodus 34:6)
‘The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.’ (Psalm 145:8)
(This is the third post in a series about identity that I’m doing with Naomi and Kat. Thank you against sweet Kat for starting this. This has really caused me to meditate more and more on how Who God is and Who Christ Jesus is and the Holy Spirit makes me who I am.)
I was watching a superhero movie series called the ‘Flash.’ And one thing that stood out to me was how much ‘vengeance’ was a reason that a lot of the bad guys were coming back to kill the ‘good guys’ in the movie. It made me marvel at how we have fallen short of the glory of God, yet it’s so hard for us to show mercy. We don’t have the right to judge others, because we are imperfect and sinful, but God does, yet God showed mercy by sending His Son Jesus Christ to the earth.
Marvel at the fact that I’m often so offended by other people’s sins against me, yet I don’t comprehend how much my sin offends God.
God has every right to destroy people for their sin. He is holy and righteous, pure and perfect. None of us can boast perfection or holiness like that. We are all flawed, except God.
So then God is abundant in mercy? Why?
I don’t know. To the human mind it doesn’t make sense that the Judge of the Earth would also be the most merciful. He wouldn’t destroy the world right away when Adam sinned. Instead He promised a Savior.
Instead of God punishing everybody’s sin and wiping out the world, God showed mercy and compassion and sent His Only Beloved Son.
It makes me ask myself.
“Would I send my beloved son (if I had one) to die for people that had sinned so grievously and so deeply against me?”
I can’t say that I would have the strength to do that, but the God of the Universe did. He had mercy on the world. For His great love wherewith He loved us, He sent His Son to take on the condemnation, the sin, the guilt.
That didn’t happen in ‘the Flash.’ I’ve realized that the mercy I can show is so much smaller than the mercy God has shown me, but because of who God is, abundant in His mercy and love, my heartfelt cry is a desire to show more mercy.
Show Mercy on the Hurting
Show Mercy on Those Working Through ED’s just like me
Show Mercy on Those Who Have Hurt Me
Show Mercy on Those Who Ignore Me
Showing Mercy on Those Who Just Have Been So Broken and Shattered
Because my life shouldn’t me about me. It’s about Jesus. It’s about God and His abundant mercy. It’s about Whose I am.
I want to show more mercy and care for others and tell people about the gospel of Jesus Christ out of compassion for them. <3
Whose with me?
Do you ever struggle to be merciful with others?