Tag Archive | grace and mercy

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.”

Think soberly about this…it’s only by the grace of God that the pandemic has passed over you, your family and/or friends.  Now, God’s spiritual blessings should never be taken for granted…but have we allowed ourselves to become impassive and unappreciative towards His wondrous grace… instead riveted on our own fears, anxiety, or frustrations?  We should be rejoicing in the grace of God…ever thankful that we are covered in His great love, and showered with His mercy and glorious favor.

Job 1:21 ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

In a matter of minutes Job lost everything…his livelihood, all his future income, and all ten of his children.  And you may find yourself in the same place today as you survey your mounting losses.  Although Job lost all his material and personal things, there was one thing he never lost, and that was his faith in God.  For this verse tells of his  acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, goodness, grace and mercy.  And as James 1:17 also reminds us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above…”  Job lost everything…but he never lost what really mattered…his faith.

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.

I Peter 5:10 ” And the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

“It is God Who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” (Psalm 18:32)  Yes, it’s only by God’s grace, His unearned and unmerited favor, that we are able to make it through trials and suffering.  For this verse shows that it is God, not us, that accomplishes this for Believers…to prepare, repair, and perfect us during and after troubling times for His glory.

Psalm 86:11 ” Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.”

During the very darkest time of my life I would read  Psalm 86 in its entirety out loud every morning.  I was alone, isolated from friends and family, and in the middle of a very violent relationship.   I felt hopeless, helpless and totally alone.  As I read these words out loud, I could almost hear David reminding himself that the Lord was near.  And as he recalled all of God’s attributes…His great love, His mercy, compassion, and faithfulness, I too would be reminded of them and what God had done for me.  And in the end, just like David, this Psalm gave me the strength and courage to endure for one more day.

He is Risen!

You are not reading this by chance.  God has brought you to this page for a reason.  And that reason is the Resurrection.  For all of us will made a decision concerning it…all of us will respond either that we believe Christ was raised from the dead, or not.  So where do you stand today?  Do you have the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus…or are you still living in worldly denial?  This Easter, realize it was only because of God’s great mercy that He offers to you the undeserved kindness of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Fix your hope on Jesus today…ask Him into your heart and be born again.

Titus 3:4-5 ” But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”

Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God’s loving kindness towards us.  For as sinners, we have no right to claim that any of our good works will get us any closer to heaven…for they won’t.  It is only by putting our faith and trust in Jesus that we can be saved…and it is only by His unmerited grace and mercy towards us that it can happen.

Galatians 3: 26-28 ” You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus came to not only destroy the barrier…the dividing wall…the chasm between God and us, but He came to abolish in His flesh the Law with all its commandments and regulations. (Ephesians 2: 14-15)  So in the eyes of Jesus, there is no partiality, bias, or prejudice.  For Believers are all children of God and subject equally to His grace, mercy, and blessings…from the multi-millionaire follower of Jesus in Hollywood to the blue-collar laborer in fellowship with Christ in Detroit, Michigan.  We are all blessed in our faith of Jesus.

Psalm 33:18 ” But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.”

In I Peter 3:12 the Apostle Peter quotes Psalm 34:15 when he writes, ” For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers.”  Peter was writing to God-fearing Christians, encouraging them to endure the persecution that was prevalent at the time.  Persecution can take on many type of faces.  It can be internal physical affliction that drags us down…or it can be external forces that exasperate and irritate us.  Peter wanted to show that regardless of the kind of persecution…God’s loving mercy is everlasting and always near to those who love Him.

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.