Tag Archive | grace and mercy

Jude 22 ” Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”

In the “politically correct” environment we live in it’s far too easy to condone and excuse away sin.  We’d rather look away or justify than confront.  But  confrontation is exactly what this Scripture talks about.  We are to love the sinner, but hate the sin…we are to challenge with love and mercy, but also make absolutely plain the consequences to come.

Psalm 67: 1-2 ” May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.”

When people look at you, what do they see?  Do they see Jesus smiling back at them  from behind your eyes?  You can’t help but do this if you have a firm grip on just how kind and gracious God has been to you.  If you really understand the depth of God’s favor and protection…His plan and purpose for your life…the victory over sin and death He has afforded you…how can you do anything but manifest His love through you?

II Thessalonians 2: 16-17 ” May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

The Lord would like you to know that you are loved.  You are valued and precious in His sight.  Regardless of where you come from…how notorious your background may be, or how far you’ve walked away from Him…Jesus loves you.  You may say to yourself, “No one can love me…I’m too bad of a person.”  But you don’t know the Lord, and if you would just take a peek into His Word,  you’d see that all of Scripture is a love letter to you.  It’s written just for you,  to encourage and exhort…to strengthen and establish and allow you to become the very best person you can be.  By His wonderful grace – God’s loving kindness towards you –  there is the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation back to your Heavenly Father.  There’s no need to walk out this life alone with feelings of isolation and loneliness…Jesus loves you,  just as you are, right where you are today.

Psalm 142: 1-2 ” I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; before Him I tell my trouble.”

I used to be a long distance runner…and during those hours on the back roads, I’d yell at God.  At the time,  I was in the middle of a very personal hell and wanted God to know just how scared and powerless I felt.  In my head, I knew the Lord was well aware of the situation…but in my heart, I needed to verbalize the pain.  Baring my soul out loud to God was a way I could express feelings I had never spoken to anyone…no one.  Putting words to  pent-up fear and terror helped me gain perspective.  By listening to my own words of anguish, my plight was somehow validated within me.  Yes, I yelled at God, but He quietly listened to every word I spilled out…every inner most feelings I couldn’t tell anyone else.  For God was there and He listened…He didn’t judge or admonish…He listened.

Proverbs 11:17 ” A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.”

Demonstrating kindness to others can only benefit ourselves…for it doesn’t cost a thing to be kind.  Matthew 7:12 is considered “The Golden Rule”, its principle being,  we need to treat others as we would wish to be treated.  But instead, we human beings usually demand love, respect, and appreciation… whether we deserve it or not.  The Golden Rule simply says…Do you want respect, love and appreciation?…then show respect, love and appreciation to others first.  Jesus desires us to be proactive in our kindness…not waiting until someone is kind to us first, but rather reaching out with kindness first,  regardless if it’s reciprocated or not.

Romans 12:1 ” Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Do you have an attitude of gratitude towards God?  Is your perspective colored by thankfulness for what the Lord has done in your life?  It’s then you fully realize the compassion and love God has lavished on you… and that you have been called and set apart for His work. For out of that profound gratitude will come a desire to serve and to live a life worthy of the calling. (Eph. 4:1)

Nehemiah 9: 27-28 ” But when they were oppressed they cried out to You. From heaven You heard them, and in Your great compassion You gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies. But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in Your sight.”

We humans have such short memories.  When life is going well…we put God in the corner – kind of like disaster insurance…there just in case we need it.   And when we get ourselves in trouble, we call out to Him for help…only to quickly forget again when life quiets down.  This roller coaster ride isn’t what God desires for us.  He wants to be our focus in good times and bad…in happiness and sadness…in calm and chaos.