Friday, 12 April 2013

Simple Things - Mercy

All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope." – Sir Winston Churchill.


“We don’t need justice – we need mercy,” in the words of Andrew Wommack.

God is rich in mercy; one of the strands that weaves itself through the Bible is the mercy of God and how He deals with mankind. From His loving reaction to the first sin, His mercy shown to Cain, His mercy shown to Sodom and Gomorrah, mercy towards Nineveh, and so on.

Mercy is sometimes frowned upon in our justice driven world; we all want to see those that commit crimes get the punishment they deserve. We understand fairness and expect a fair outcome to the trial and tribulations that we face. God’s heart towards us is not one of fairness it is one of mercy. God does not treat us as our failures deserve and He cares for us in our brokenness.

When the world and our friends judge us for our failings and our faults, God does not leave us or forsake us, he gently reminds us of who we are in Christ and gives us the ability and strength to make amends to those we have hurt.

And in exactly the same way that God pours out his mercy to us, is the way we should show mercy and grace to those that offend and hurt us and those that don’t agree with us.

God is rich in mercy, we have that same mercy living and working inside of us, we need to let that life and mercy flow out of us to everyone we met and disagree with. Mercy is not an option it is an overflow of a renewed heart.

1 comment:

  1. smiles...i love mercy...and it does get a back seat in the world today...sadly...i wonder at where we went wrong with we do live in such a judgement culture...perhaps trying to make ourselves feel better.


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