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THE FATHER OF MERCY

Samuel A CainBe merciful, even as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36 ESV)

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matthew 5:7 ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies… (2 Corinthians 1:3 ESV)

A Christian should be constantly aware of God’s mercy in his life. Do not take this blessing for granted. The mercy I am writing about here comes from the personal experience of God’s mercy. It is forgiveness for the sinner and love for those who are suffering. The Christian shows mercy because of his gratitude for the mercy of God. We are told by Luke, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. ‘Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;’” (Luke 6:36-37 ESV)

Mercy is clearly demonstrated in Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. The victim in the parable was suffering because he had been assaulted, robbed, and left for dead. A priest and Levite pass by him with no concern. “But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.” (Luke 10:33 ESV). The Samaritan, “went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’” (Luke 10:34-35 ESV) Jesus illustrates through this parable what manner of life should be ours. Are you showing mercy to those whom God places in your path?

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved… (Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV)

God’s mercy is meant to transform us. His mercy teaches us to give mercy to the glory of God. God’s mercy begins in His love for us. God’s mercy represents the readiness of God to relieve the suffering of His fallen creatures.

Think of God’s spiritual mercies unto you. His blessings exceed our highest thoughts. We cannot measure the depth of His mercy. Paul elaborates, “What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—even us whom he has called…” (Romans 9:22-24 ESV) If you are a Christian, you are a vessel of mercy. It is God’s mercy that makes you alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV) “Our God is the Father of mercies…” (2 Corinthians 1:3 ESV)

 

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