Tag Archive | grace and mercy

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)

Philippians 2:5 ” Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

Jesus wasn’t cocky or arrogant.  Nor was He condescending, even though He had every right to act in this manner.  Just imagine, God came down from heaven and willingly became nothing.  He humbled Himself to the lowest of social status…a slave or servant, as an example for us to follow.  Servant-hood is probably one of the hardest things to do and do well.  Our selfish human nature would rather be waited on, rather than wait on others.  And the whole humility and obedience thing is in direct contradiction with everything the world tells us to do.  But it all starts with our attitude as the verse says.  For we can bring under submission our bad attitudes and then take on the role of servant for His glory.  We can extend His grace and mercy with genuine love and concern if we become humble and obedient… with Jesus as our guide.

Habakkuk 3:2 ” Lord, I have heard of Your fame; I stand in awe of Your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”

Our relationship with God does not revolve around one spiritual experience we once had.  Nor is it about second-hand stories we’ve heard about God.  No, our journey with the Lord is an ever growing, ever changing personal relationship with our Heavenly Father…being renewed daily in mind, body, and spirit.    Psalm 85:6 tells us, “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?”  Today that would be my prayer also…Revive us again, O Lord, for Your glory!

Ephesians 2:6-7 ” And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

God didn’t have to do it.  He didn’t have to send His one and only Son to suffer unspeakable torture and death on a cross.  But God did.  Titus 3:4-5 tells us, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”  It is only because of God’s immeasurable grace and mercy…and His incomprehensible benevolence towards us that we are able to call ourselves sons and daughters of the Most High King.    God didn’t have to do it…but He did.

Titus 2:11-12 ” For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present Age…”

I Timothy 2:3-4 tells us that God wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.  But it also tells us in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature –  have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  So whether we want to admit it or not – we know what’s right and wrong.  God’s unearned and unmerited favor is for all.  But when we reject God’s truth, we become estranged from Him, having no excuse except our selfish Will.

Psalm 36:7 ” How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings.”

God’s merciful kindness is afforded to all.  Whether great or small…prince or pauper…wealthy or poor,  we can all seek protection and refuge in Him.  And by trusting in God and experiencing His love first hand, His faithfulness will become our shield and rampart in times of trouble. (Psalm 91:4)  For God’s love for us is beyond measure and beyond comprehension…and it’s available for all.

Jude 2 ” Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”

Do you realize just how much God loves you?  He’s not stingy or tight-fisted with His compassion towards you.  Nor does His unconditional love depend on how good you are any peculiar day …or how many “works” you have on your mental score-sheet.  God’s grace and  love towards you is generous, abundant, and more than enough to cover anything that happens to you today.