God says you are: Full of Mercy

Within the Beatitudes we find this:  “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)  And this is shown to be so true in Lamentations 3:22-23 when we read, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His mercies never fail. They are new every morning.”  We can show compassion to our fellow man because of God’s compassion continually being poured into us… anew and fresh every morning.  So to be full of mercy is to exhibit the same grace and kindness that God daily extends to us.

Lamentations 3:31-32 ” For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.”

When it comes to our relationship with God, it’s man that proves to be the unfaithful party.  For God’s merciful kindness towards us is everlasting and forever.  In Isaiah 54:7 it says, “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.”  So when you’re going  through sorrow and you don’t feel God near…remember that His deep loving compassion for you can only but gather you back up in His arms.

Luke 18: 38-39 ” He called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ “

The blind beggar was hopeless…his life, a story of misery and suffering…but then he heard about this man, Jesus, who was healing people of all their afflictions.  So when he caught word that Jesus was going to be passing by, he seized on the chance that Jesus might heal him.  He started yelling, but was abruptly chided and warned to be quiet…and he could have allowed his fear of man to stop his voice…but he didn’t!  That’s because the blind beggar’s desperation far outweighed any curt remarks directed his way, and his faith in Jesus far stronger than any words spoken by man.  He was not detoured by others or fear…for he knew Jesus could heal him.

Lamentations 3:31-32 ” For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.”

In these verses, Jeremiah is looking over the utter destruction of Jerusalem…overwhelmed by the suffering of the people…and realizing it was because of their sin that God had  allowed it.  But Jeremiah also knew of God’s tremendous capacity for compassion towards His people.  For in Isaiah 54: 7-8 God says, ” For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.  In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you, says the Lord your Redeemer.”   Never underestimate God’s compassion to change any situation from dire to miraculous.

Psalm 115:1 ” Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness.”

This verse implies… it’s not about us…and it’s not at all about our “righteous acts”.  That’s because God’s infinite mercy and kindness towards us isn’t based on our works.  It’s actually quite the opposite…for in Isaiah 64:6 it says, “…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags to God.”  And if you think about it,  we can’t even take any credit for the relationship we have with God…for without the Cross spanning that chasm between God and man, we’d be lost.  No, all honor needs to go to God, the Creator and source of everything. All glory needs to be ascribed to Him… for He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.  (Exodus 34:6)