Tag Archive | grace and mercy

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.

Romans 5: 1-2 ” Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”

Do you know where you’ll go when you die?  If you’re a Believer, do you have the trust to confidently state, “Yes, I’m going to heaven.”  Or do you stand there today just hoping you’ll make it?  This verse should then refute that gnawing uncertainty in your mind once and for all. For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we are reconciled and placed in right standing with God.  And the peace brought about by this reconciliation to our Heavenly Father overshadows any doubt or fear our minds may have.  So stand now in faith and righteousness through Jesus Christ our Lord and be assured of your eternal life.

Deuteronomy 10: 1-2 ” At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones and come up to Me on the mountain…I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.’ “

Up on Mount Sinai, Moses had received the first set of tablets, engraved by God with the Ten Commandments.  But when he came down from the mountain, he found the people engaged in an orgy.  It says in Exodus 32:15-20 that, “his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces.”  Moses allowed his anger to get the best of him…but even after messing up big time…God still used him.  The Lord’s willingness to rewrite His Law on new stone tablets was a demonstration of His infinite mercy towards us…even when we mess up.

Romans 9:16 “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

No matter how we work and strive to live a perfect life…we’ll never come close.  For in Titus 3:5 it says, “He saved us not because of the righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.”  God’s wonderful and unexplainable mercy is gifted to us before we are even aware of our need.  Malachi 1:2-3 states, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  To further illustrate this profound concept, Jesus tells us in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you…”  The Lord’s compassion and kindness towards us  is beyond our  mental capacity…His desire to save us, beyond our comprehension.

II John 6 ” And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.”

To walk in love means that the love of God has become so ingrained in you that it has become part of your personality.  I come from a long line of stoic German farmers who are not huggers, so when I became a Nurse,  I had to train myself to touch people…sometimes in very intimate ways, in potentially embarrassing procedures.  And over the years, showing compassion and God’s love through touch just became part of me.  We all need to determine to walk in love.  To respect rather than disregard…to forgive rather than condemn…to show mercy rather than harshness…to be kind rather than cruel.

House Rules – If it cries…love it.

If there are young people in your house,  you probably either formally, or informally have House Rules.  Principles that help maintain order, routine, and guidance for everyone within the household.  The same goes for the Body of Christ.  This House Rule – If it cries…love it,  takes it context from II Corinthians 1:3-4,   “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”   He is the God of all comfort…extending mercy, love and encouragement to us in our times of crisis and pain.  And in that, we learn how to pattern and demonstrate that same love to others.

II Corinthians 12:9 ” But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ “

The Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh…some chronic, painful condition that plagued him continually.  And even though he had  prayed three times for the Lord to take it – it remained.  This was the same Paul who preformed extraordinary miracles, (Acts 19:11)…cast out evil spirits, (Acts 16:18)…and raised people from the dead, (Acts 20:10).  But the prayers of his own healing went unanswered.  Now many of us would react very badly if we had a great Ministry but were unable to be healed personally of some very visible disease.  But Paul didn’t allow it to make him bitter, or doubt his worth.  Rather, he looked at it from the viewpoint of his dependence on the Lord and his need for humility.  For he writes in Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength.”  Paul gained his strength through his weakness…for God in His infinite wisdom gave Paul what he needed, not what he wanted.