God’s mercy is such a critical factor in our Christian walk, not because we aren’t living right, but i’t’s about understanding that the standards and ideals have been set; And justice requires full consequence for actions. This is right, because if I do things that I know are wrong I can expect consequences to come in some form.
We often times use the phrase, life is choice driven. We live and die by the choices we make; But sometimes mercy will get between us and the consequences that we deserve.
Again, justice says, “It is the issuing forth of what is right, just, or balanced to give out what is requested or deserved as punishment, based on the actions”, however mercy says “Sometimes I will get in the way of that, and I will cover what was earned, and I will take on that punishment.”
As I was praying recently, I said to the Lord:
“Lord, we are so thankful for You picking us up, when we were in sin. When we didn’t care anything about You, You picked us up; And then You washed us off, and put us in clean clothes.”
Now you don’t want to get dirty, after Somebody cleans you up like that; And puts you in beautiful clothes, but there are times when even though we are looking at Jesus, much like with what happened with peter, we will get distracted by the cares of this world…and we will fall. For many people, this is where the tendency of feeling like, “Lord, I’ve grown so much, how could I have fallen back?” arises from.
If you’ve ever felt this way, you can certainly understand the message behind the scripture below:
II Corinthians 4:1
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
When the ministry of God has brought you this far, don’t you faint, don’t you give up. There is grace and mercy available to you.
If justice got what it demanded you and I would be wiped out, because God has worked on us so much in our process, but we still are not perfected experientially. Yes, when we received Jesus into our heart, we became set apart and chosen, however God is still working on us daily.
When we understand mercy, when we understand that sometimes mercy will get in between us and our consequences. This is what keeps us rejoicing, that God will send new mercy to us every morning.
21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
There is mercy, and because of mercy we can keep on moving. Sometimes mercy will keep us from having to deal with the consequences. Not all of the time, though, but when mercy doesn’t keep us from the consequences, mercy does comfort us during the process of dealing with it and enduring it Either way, God uses it. Whether it’s the grace that keeps us from it, or it’s the mercy that keeps us through it. Either way, God is making us more like Him. We are developing and growing…And that’s something to be thankful for.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Written By Rosie S. O’neal