Surprised by Mercy

BUT GOD… WHO IS RICH IN MERCY!”

“… because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:4-6

Mercy is simply… not getting what we deserve.

Mercy is like a judge finding you guilty of a crime and yet withholding the punishment.  The Bible says “God 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 trangressions from us.” (Ps 103:10-12)

 God is rich in Mercy!

 That means He has plenty to offer us. Jesus flaunted mercy around in Judea like He would never run out. The lepers, the paralyzed, the blind, the demonized, the sinful tax collectors; all found themselves emersed in the mercy of God and overwhelmed by the experience. An amazing statement was made by Jesus when He communicated the desire of His Father saying, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13).

Relationship not Religion, Love not Law!

What surprises us about mercy is that we by nature believe there is something wrong with the idea of not getting what we deserve. We find ourselves fumbling over dividing the toys just to make the game fair. We are driven by a sense of justice and often confuse compassion with being “easy on sin”.

Mercy is not at all offering the easy way out!

 Nothing could be further from the truth, in that there is no mercy offered to the sinner; its just that Jesus took the penalty, in our place. The wrath was laid upon Him (Isa 53:4-7). Although we were the sheep that had gone astray; He was the lamb lead to the slaughter, who carried the iniquity of us all.

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