THE MEANING OF MERCY

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2016

(Part 11)

THE MEANING OF MERCY

December 9, 2015

Today’s psalm:  Psalm 103:1-10

What is the definition of mercy? Today’s psalm provides the answer. “He has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our wrongs deserve.” (v.10). Mercy is not executing the judgment or imposing the penalty we deserve for our transgressions.

The mercy of God is quite amazing. Despite our sins and our constantly falling into sin, despite the hardness of our hearts, despite our lack of adequate response to His call to holiness, God is still there for us. He never gives up on us. He does not disown us. “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in mercy.” (v.8).

In fact, even as we could be rightly and justly judged, God does not focus on our sins but on how we can be brought back to Him. He does not condemn but rather is patient in waiting on us to respond to His love and mercy. “He will not always accuse, and nurses no lasting anger” (v.9).

And when we do respond, then God is gracious and forgiving, forgets how we have hurt Him, gives us a full restorative embrace, and restores us to spiritual health. God is He “who pardons all your sins, and heals all your ills” (v.3).

What a radical change the mercy of God accomplishes in us. We are brought from darkness to light, from the depths of sin to the heights of restoration, from hopelessness to a future full of hope. God is He “who redeems your life from the pit, and crowns you with mercy and compassion” (v.4).

All praise to the God who is merciful. “Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!” (v.1).

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