58 MercyPosted: April 17, 2013
Good news, bad news and the rest of the story, but background first. I have been unemployed since November. Unemployment provides less than half of what we really need to sustain our lifestyle. My parents have been helping us pay rent. Good news is that Marguex now has a job! Bad news is that she absolutely needs a car with her new job, and our car is on its last three legs. We could fix it, but do not think it is worth the money, potentially a couple thousand dollars, only to have it completely die in a few months. It has over 200,000 miles on it. Rest of the story: Friends of ours, wonderful, kind, generous bestest of friends, have offered to give us one of their cars! Another couple, wonderful, kind, generous, bestest of friends (we are graced with good friends), have loaned us their car in the meantime! God is good!
When we are broken we may doubt our standing with God. We even wonder if we will be accepted into heaven. These wonderings can leave us with tremendous feelings of fear and dread as we recall times when we have failed God. We may even hate ourselves for the bad things we have done in life. Be reassured, our relationship with God does not depend on our behavior. Our relationship is built on His mercy. Yes, He calls us to obey Him, and yes, He will forgive us no matter how many times we have sinned when we ask Him to forgive us. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)
He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. Romans 9:15-16
Regardless of what we have done or not done in life, we need to rely and trust in God’s mercy. The Gospel, good news, is all about God’s mercy. We do not redeem ourselves. We are redeemed by the blood of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. In our perfectionism, we tend to fall into the trap of believing that our acceptability depends on our performance. We need to keep reminding ourselves God is full of mercy and compassion.
We would like to obey God which is good. However, in our efforts to obey, we often lose sight of God’s mercy and grace. Perhaps this saying will help: “Mercy! Mercy! Mercy! Grace! Grace! Grace!”
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…. Titus 3:4-5 Mercy triumphs over judgment! James 2:13 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…. I Peter 1:3
Receiving His kind and tender mercy,
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