Tag Archive | grace and mercy

II Chronicles 6:14 “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven or on earth – You who keep Your covenant of love with Your servants who continue wholeheartedly in Your way.”

It’s all about the relationship.  In any kind of relationship hopefully there’s give and take… communication and mutual respect…connection and co-operation.   But our relationship with the Lord is totally unique from any we have here on earth.  God’s covenant relationship with us is binding and unbreakable…bought by the blood of Jesus Christ…while we were yet sinners.  And His loving kindness and mercy towards us has nothing to do with how good we are…for it is a free gift.  So think about it…the relationship we have with our Lord is really rather lopsided, with Him giving so much more to us than we could ever give back.  This covenant of love that flows between God and us  gives us a purpose in life… and as we commit our heart, soul, and strength to Him, we are ever being  changed from the inside out.

I Corinthians 15:10 ” But by the grace of God I am what I am. And His grace towards me was not in vain.”

With over 30 years under my belt as a Christian…it’s only with sincere thankfulness and gratitude I can proclaim that it’s only by the grace of God I am what I am today.  For it’s only by God’s unearned and unmerited favor that I have been changed…justified freely by His grace through the redemption that comes through Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24)    And I strive daily to show Him that the grace He lavished on me was not futile or a waste of time…for this grace God showed me –  I need to be passing on freely to others.

Psalm 112:5 ” Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.”

Jesus summed up best how we should conduct ourselves when it comes to the people in our lives that are unappreciative, ungrateful, and just plain mean.   In Luke 6:35-36 Jesus tells us, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”  Doing the right thing for someone who is critical and inconsiderate goes against everything we’re made of…but Christ reminds us that He shows mercy to all, and we should also.

Psalm 86:15 ” But You, O Lord, are compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

God is ever merciful and kind towards you…regardless of how badly you act towards Him.  It tells us in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  We need to reflect the mercy God first showed us by forgiving others.  Forgiveness is so very powerful…because it’s the starting point for both parties to begin the road towards healing.  For without forgiveness,  there will never be a release from all the negative and dark emotions of resentment, anger, and bitterness.  For without forgiveness, you are never really set free from the past.

I Corinthians 1:29 “…so that no one may boast before Him.”

One of the pit-falls of any ministry is that we start glorifying ourselves, not God.  Pride starts to push itself in…and soon our ego is searching for the limelight and honor.  II Corinthians 4:1 states, “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.”   It’s only because of God’s infinite compassion on us that we have any kind of ministry at all.  And it’s only because of the indwelling Holy Spirit empowering us that we can act as ambassadors, representing our Lord.  When a ministry glorifies God…and not our egos,  good things happen.

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?