The dictionary definition of mercy is: compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. In other words, you are wrong in what you did or said and now you are in trouble. However, the one you have wronged says I forgive you and chooses not to retaliate.
Mercy or merciful is a word that describes God. David in Psalm 25 and verse 6 wrote: “Remember Lord, your great mercy and love”. In Ephesians 2:4 God is shown as rich in mercy. Then in Luke 6:36 we are told to be merciful just as your Father is merciful. In Hab. 3:2 we see the prophet reminding God that in wrath remember mercy. James (2:13) tells us that mercy triumphs over judgement.
We need to realise that we are human and as humans we fail. We fall short of what God requires of us and thus we sin. Oh, we often qualify sin as just a white lie or at the very least it wasn’t a mortal sin. But sin is sin. It misses the mark.
Because of our actions, there are consequences. If you throw a ball up it will come down. What a man sows he will reap. Sin reaps death. The wages of sin are death but – and here is the good news – but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 3:23)
Our God is rich in mercy so He made a way for us. Now in Christ we can call for mercy. When you say ‘have mercy on me’, what you are doing is calling on God’s very nature. He is merciful. When we receive mercy we don’t get what we deserve. Mercy triumphs over the judgment we should reap.
You see Jesus Christ took all our sin and it was nailed to the cross in His body. He took ALL sin that we might be free from the wages of sin. He took our punishment. Now we receive mercy. We don’t get the sentence we deserve. Instead when we are in need, Hebrews says we can come boldly into His throne to obtain mercy and grace in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
What a great gift we have in mercy! There are times when we all have done stupid things. Instead of sitting in shame and condemnation we need to cry out to the one who is merciful.
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