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THE OVERFLOWING MERCY OF GOD

The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. (Psalm 145:9 ESV)

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

Samuel A CainGod possesses mercy and love in abundance. He chose to make us alive together in Christ. Through the mercy of His love, God raises us to heavenly places. We are delivered from the power of darkness. God proves His love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We were dead, yet He was full of mercy. He stretched out His hand and made us alive. He made us worthy. Although we were sinners, He made us righteous. He reconciled us with Himself. Our abode was in the kingdom of darkness, yet, He called us into the kingdom of light.

God, being rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ. It is by grace we have been saved and seated with Him in heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:4-6 ESV) Because of God’s mercy, He does not treat us as our sins deserve. God’s mercy means forgiveness for sinful people like us.

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)

God’s mercy should make us happy and humble. His mercy is holy and not the fruit of anything good in us, it is the result of God’s goodness. Christians have no cause to be proud. Any righteousness we may attain is the effect of God’s mercy in our lives.

God’s mercy is overflowing. His springs of mercy never run dry. His mercy is eternal. (Psalm 136) Just as His mercy is overflowing, so it will be ever-flowing. Knowing that our Father in heaven is the divine Author of all mercy, we should confirm that we are His children by showing mercy to others.

 

 

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