God is not obligated to treat us mercifully, but He does! This is one of the reasons why he is truly number ONE when it comes to honor and fairness.
We see the inner depth of who he is, being fully revealed in Jesus, who not only taught that those who are merciful toward others are truly blessed (Matthew 5:7), but he also lived it out to the very end, even while allowing judgment over the sins of mankind by taking it all on the cross himself.
There he cries out to his Father regarding those responsible for his crucifixion: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” (Luke 23:34).
If this is how God treats us — (and we are all responsible in one way or another for Jesus’ suffering and death,) how can we not extend his mercy to those around us, especially those who appear to be in greatest need?
God saved, redeemed, paid it forward for us according to His own mercy! WOW! This mercy was displayed by us being washed of filth from sin by the precious blood of the Lamb of God, and there has been no better display of mercy than what was revealed on the cross.
It’s quite a contradiction to act without mercy and claim to be a servant and friend of Christ!
May we be all be found by the ever searching eye of God to be consistent, and pour out mercy humbly with a deep and soul-searching mindfulness, remembering that we are the recipients of God’s compassion – His Mercy, which is a “mind bending” and lavish treasure.
“He has already told you O man what is good; and what the Lord requires of you. To do justice, and to love kindness (or mercy), and to walk humbly with your God,” Micah 6:8.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.