It’s the one prayer God always answered. All through the bible; perhaps (Like me) you have read it and missed it. Or not seen the greatness within those prayers. And the answers given.
Is there any time He has not given mercy when He was asked? Whether a whisper or a cry; we ask that He give mercy and we receive mercy and love. Grace and forgiveness – a second chance ( sometimes more! ).
SO what does mercy mean?? We cannot really ask for, seek it or show it without truly understanding it first. mercy and grace; we cannot have one without having the other so:
Mercy–not getting what you do deserve / withheld punishment
Grace–getting what you don’t deserve / unmerited favor
In Greek mercy can mean to show pity or compassion. (The King James Version often translated the word love as mercy.) For simplicity let us see mercy as “not getting what is deserved” in our circumstance. A.W. PInk says (rightly) that “mercy denotes the inclination of God to relieve the misery of fallen creatures. ‘Mercy’ presupposes sin.”
Lord have mercy on ME…a sinner….Can we say amen?
I think about mercy as I think about my 18 year old cousin. She is so lost. Estranged from her family; its heartbreaking how she perceives her self. No understanding or knowledge of her Creator – She continues to engage in dangerous and hurtful behaviors. Separating herself further every day from those who love and care for her. Mercy – how she needs mercy. And how little she has received of it. Is it not a struggle to show another mercy when they have hurt us so? Our pain; their pain – we forget that mercy and grace can cover it all.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7) If there is o knowledge there; we must share the knowledge we have. The closer people get to God the easier it shall be; the more they shall see their need. And them louder they shall cry (we…I…you) “Lord have mercy..” Knowledge……’My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…”Hosea 4:6
Jesus got His hands dirty. He was willing to become unclean in order that we could become clean. Are we willing? Dirty our hands and feet a bit that another may be washed clean?
Mercy. Reading The Mercy Prayer: pondering and praying over the many examples of mercy asked for, and received throughout scripture. Seeing so many asking not even for themselves but for friends and loved ones – others needs. Do we see? Do we seek Him out; covet a healing for them? A deliverance for those down the street? Salvation for the lost?
For His mercy endures forever (Ps 136). let us pray that and share that. let us show it. If we do; let us seek a deeper understanding of what it means to be compassionate, slow to anger, gracious, abounding in love. And as we apply it we shall see: greater mercy.
Micah 6:6-7 (KJV)
6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
“Do justice. Love humbly. Walk with God.”