The dictionary defines mercy as “kindness in excess of what might be expected or demanded of fairness”. Mercy isn’t fair, but it’s godly. It’s not fair, but it’s Christ like. And believe it or not, mercy is powerful!
God’s mercies are new for you right now! Receive the mercy He has for you and extend mercy to everyone around you.
Mercy overrides “the rules.” You may have grown up in a home that had lots of rules, and if you broke any of them, you got into trouble. Although God does intend for us to keep His commands, He understands our nature and is ready to extend mercy to anyone who will ask for and receive it.
When we learn to receive mercy, then we will also be able to give it to others—and mercy is something many people seriously need.
As hard as I’ve tried, I’ve never had one day where I didn’t think something wrong, say something wrong, do something wrong, or have a wrong attitude. So, we all come back to the only way that we’re going to get into heaven is by the grace and mercy of God, not because of anything that we do!
We can be thankful that God loves us and chooses to make His home in us. This choice is not based on any good deeds we have done or every could do, but solely on the grace, mercy, power, and love of God.
We should not love God or even obey Him in order to get Him to do things for us. We love Him because He first loved us and because His goodness and mercy amaze us.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in compassion and loving kindness.” -Psalm 103:8
Mercy is a gift you can’t earn or buy. It’s simply given so you may know God’s goodness. How can you show someone you love or even a total stranger God’s mercy today?
Prayer Starter: Thank You, Father, for the way You extend mercy to me each and every day. I desire to please You in everything I do, but I thank You that when I fall short, You never fail to bless me with the free gift of Your love and mercy.