My place in God’s narrative of mercy must define my posture toward others, especially those outside of the faith. Think of how this could transform our approach to others and our witness to the gospel.
“Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.” (Matt 5:7)
Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matt. 6:12)
There are two sides to it. The disciples of Christ are merciful because they have received mercy and because they need mercy.
Mark it down! God’s mercy is forever the standard for our mercy.
What is mercy? Is it not compassion for those in need? Mercy identifies with the miserable in their misery. Different from grace, grace deals with the sin and the guilt. Mercy deals with the results of sin (pain, misery, and distress).
Grace cleanses and restores. It gives what is undeserved.
Mercy extends relief, it helps, and cures with reference to judgment — it withholds what is deserved!