TRUE MERCY – 5

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2016

(Part 39)

TRUE MERCY – 5

May 21, 2016

Today’s reading:  Psalm 141:1-8

There are those in our Church today who want to extend mercy and compassion to those in need of these, but in so doing, not speak of their sin. This is the approach of political correctness. It is not wanting to offend but just be welcoming. This is false mercy.

True mercy is always an invitation to repentance for sin. If we do not speak of one’s sin, how will he ever come to know his true situation before God? How can he be brought to repentance, which restores him to God? The psalmist had it right, as he prayed: “Let a righteous person strike me; it is mercy if he reproves me.” (v.5a).

The intent of speaking about sin, as part of being merciful, is to restore the sinner. It is false mercy if we are nice to and we accompany a person but by not speaking the truth, allow that person to remain in sin. We need to help people recognize their sinful situation, and desire to be delivered from their sin. “Do not let my heart incline to evil, to perform deeds in wickedness. On the delicacies of evildoers let me not feast.” (v.4). Too many people become comfortable in their sin, and political correctness and niceness reinforce their notion that their sin is acceptable.

Speaking clearly about sin is about what happens to a person’s soul for all eternity. Persistence in serious sin leads to perdition. Repentance and bringing one’s focus back to God lead to salvation. “For my eyes are upon you, O Lord, my Lord; in you I take refuge; do not take away my soul.” (v.8).

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