Have you ever found yourself in a place when you needed something in a critical moment and it couldn’t help you? Like your spare tire, it’s always full of air in the back trunk or underneath your vehicle, then that time came when you really needed it and found out it was flat. What about those emergency flashlights in your home and the power goes out and you discover that all the batteries are dead. It seems like just when you need things they fail on you.
Suddenly you find yourself in trouble trying to find a way out. How in the world did this happen? Obviously you had no intention of being in such a place. Now what do you want to happen next?
Well if you are like me, I’m sure you want to be given another chance or be forgiven. You know the funny thing about it? You have been in this type of scenery a number of times. Let us stop and look quickly at this situation before the next one happens again, Oh I’m sure it will.
When you are going through this, there is a certain thing that is in great demand. The greater the trouble the more of this you desire to have. You find it in the letter ‘M’. You probably received some of this a few hours ago, yes it is ‘mercy’. Mercy, mercy, Lord have mercy.
Mercy: Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others.
1.Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one’s power.
2.A disposition to be kind and forgiving: a heart full of mercy.
3.Something for which to be thankful; a blessing: It was a mercy that no one was hurt.
4.Alleviation of distress; relief: Taking in the refugees was an act of mercy.
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy”
Matthew 5:7 (KJV)
Let’s look at a number of places mercy is requested:
- Children from their parents
- Student before teacher
- Employee before employer
- In the hands of the law officers
- Standing before a judge
- As a customer from salesperson
- Man before God
The children of Israel have experienced this many times over. As there were numerous occasions when God had a right to wipe them out because of their sins, rebellion and disobedience. It is only God who can demonstrate this in a loving way.
I’m sure you’ve seen all sectors of life where this precious item has been requested. How many times has it been granted though? You know what happens? We love to receive it in abundance but scarcely do we give it. We do as though it is extinct or short on supplies when time to give it out. Have you ever caught yourself being merciless toward others?
Well I want to remind you that you have to also be willing to give it. Yes, I know it is hard to overlook hurt and pain people inflict on you, or ill-treatment. Was there ever a time you inflicted someone and you deserved punishment? How did you feel to walk away free? I am sure you were so glad that it didn’t fail.
The only way to be able to pass this on is when you reflect on the great and merciful Father. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;” 2 Corinthians 1:3 (KJV).
When you think about all you’ve done against God’s laws and compared it to the punishment you should have received, you should be able to testify that the Lord is merciful. “21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness”. Lamentations 3:21-23 (KJV)
There is no measuring table that can measure the mercies of God. Surely there is enough to go around. “The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works”. Psalm 145:9 (KJV).
Just one last thing before I go. I really must make sure that you know where to find this when you need it. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”. Hebrews 4:16 (KJV). Always remember the throne room is there for you.
So what’s your experience on this matter? How have you been able to benefit from this in your life?
Take care until………and God Bless ya
Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:
Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.