(Part 42)


July 19, 2016

Today’s readings:

Micah 7:14-20

Psalm 85:2-8

The intent of true mercy is to bring us to salvation. “Show us, Lord, your mercy; grant us your salvation.” (Ps 85:8). Mercy and salvation are intimately connected. Thus it is false mercy that shows pity and compassion to sinners, accepting them wholeheartedly, but not speaking of their sin. How can they then turn away from their sin? In fact, being accepted, they can become comfortable in their sin.

True mercy is about our being forgiven for sin as we repent, and being no longer under condemnation and divine punishment. “You forgave the guilt of your people, pardoned all their sins. You withdrew all your wrath, turned back from your burning anger.” (Ps 85:3-4). To be pardoned and extended mercy, we must turn away from our sin.

True mercy reconciles us with God, and ultimately brings us to heaven. “Restore us, God of our salvation; let go of your displeasure with us.” (Ps 85:5). True mercy restores us to authentic life in Christ, bringing us from out of darkness and condemnation, to a new life of peace and joy as God intends for His people. “Certainly you will again restore our life, that your people may rejoice in you.” (Ps 85:7).

God is rich in mercy. We are fortunate to have such a God. “Who is a God like you, who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; who does not persist in anger forever, but instead delights in mercy, and will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our iniquities?” (Mi 7:18-19a). Let us respond by embracing the fullness of the mercy of God, turning from lives of sin and entering into deeper faith in Him.

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