8th November 2012

The Mercy Of God

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
2 Corinthians 1:3 (NKJV)

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if the Creator God were not a good God, not a merciful Deity? Life would probably not be a pleasant experience for us considering that all our sins and shortcomings would be constantly cast up to us, and there would be no forgiveness, no love expressed! Thankfully, he is not like that but is, rather, a God of mercy and compassion.

Contrary to what many people think of God–as a stern and harsh Deity back in Old Covenant days, he was, and remains, a God who is, “…merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abounding in goodness and truth” (Exodus 34:6). Sadly, his Covenant people, the Israelites, were hard and stiff-necked, and didn’t value their relationship with him. They didn’t uphold their part of the Covenant made with him to love and obey, and consequently paid the penalty for disobedience and unbelief.

Thankfully, though, a few individuals did have the right spirit toward God, and God blessed them for their attitude of obedience and trust. Most notably, King David, in spite of his human frailties, had this spirit. Praying to God, he said, “For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you.” (Psalm 86:5). He well understood that God didn’t desire penance and sacrifice to appease him but, rather, desired a broken and contrite spirit (Psalm 51).

We who live in the New Covenant age have the added blessing of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to help us live a life of love for God and fellow man. We also appreciate the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life for us to redeem us from all sin. The writer of the book of Hebrews summed it up well when he wrote that we have, “…a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17).

What a blessing it is to know that God has always been a God of mercy and love, and always will be throughout eternity. Let us thank him daily for his blessings and benefits!

Thank you, precious Father, for being a God of tender mercies Thank you that I can rest in the knowledge of your forgiveness made possible by the willing sacrifice and shed blood of Your Son, Jesus.

Study by John Magowan 

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