Sometimes we forget, well oftentimes we forget how good and merciful God is so as I’m preaching to myself, I’m preaching to you. I hope and pray that we’ll be inspired by what God has to say today.
“You delight in showing mercy and mercy triumphs over judgment.”
When I think of those words, I usually sing it to the tune of a song I can’t remember, but the delight in the melody is evident.
God does not begrudgingly show mercy. He doesn’t sigh, roll His eyes and give in to the annoying nudge of a conscience. He never responds to your need of mercy saying, “Sure, I guess so.”
God does not hand out mercy and grace like a slot machine— grace is not given by chance. God never says, “Hmm… sure, why not? I’m feeling rather generous today.”
I know there are some people who think God is an unforgiving tyrant, who’s mad and blind and careless, but God is anything but. Could you imagine giving up your only child to save your other children, knowing that many of them wouldn’t accept your love and come into the family? I could only imagine. That is mercy. But God does not show mercy as a duty. He takes joy in it.
Check out this verse from the Message below:
“You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long, for mercy is your specialty. That’s what You love most. And compassion is on its way to us.”
I’ll be honest, I haven’t read the whole book of Micah, but what I have read of it shouts of love and mercy. I wonder how different our spiritual lives would be if we just stopped and read the Word not out of duty, not out of dehydration, but out of a longing to be with our Maker?
“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.”
As God takes pleasure and great joy in showering us in mercy, let us take pleasure and great joy in being in His presence. I thought my blog post would end here, but I just felt I needed to say this: We are image-bearers of the King, so shouldn’t we also be inclined to show mercy? Well, yeah, that’s what Jesus says:
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
All the love xx
• Love, Kayla.
Hi y’all! I’m Kayla V, (also known as ‘The Psalmist’s Passion’) and I’m excited to be on ‘For the Praying Woman’! ❤
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