Psalm 103:8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger ,and abounding in mercy.
If there is anything God is full of ,it is mercy.According to Psalms 86:5 , He is abundant in mercy.Psalms 103:11 says as the heavens are high above the earth so great is His mercy. Luke 1:78 describes His mercy as tender.
What is mercy ?An analogy of God’s mercy is found in John 8:1-11 where a woman caught red-handed in adultery was brought to Jesus.No evidence was needed to judge her because she was caught right in the act ,all they needed was Jesus to give the go ahead to stone her to death according to the Law of Moses but tender mercy kicked in.The woman who was on her way to hell suddenly got an opportunity to repent and make things right. Mercy exchanges death with life. Lamentations 3:22 says through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed. Through Mercy we receive what do not deserve. According to the Law of Moses she did not deserve to live.
Another analogy of God’s mercy is found in Joshua 2:1-24. By all accounts , Rahab should not be allowed anywhere near the children of Israel because she was a harlot.Adultery is bad but harlotry is an abomination.When Mercy kicked in , Rahab was not only allowed to live in Israel ,God gave her a family in Israel and she became the great great grandmother of King David – a man after God’s heart. Remember Jesus came through the line of David .Mercy destroys our past and gives us a glorious future.It was mercy that took Abraham an idolater and made him the friend of God. The death of Jesus on the cross is an act of mercy.Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death.Romans 5:8 says while we where yet sinners Christ died for us. While we deserved death , Christ decided to die .Thank God for mercy.
One point to note is God’s mercies on our life will cause others to show us mercy,Jeremiah 42:12.
What is the criteria for receiving mercy?According to Matthew 5:7, only the merciful will receive mercy. Mercy to fellow men beget mercy from God.Another criteria is to fear God.Psalm 103:11 says for as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear Him.If we will fear God and be merciful , we will bask in God’s mercies all our life.One way to show mercy is to forgive those who have offended us even when they do not deserve it.
PRAYER POINT: Father help me ,I want to fear you and i need the grace to forgive