God’s Mercy: New Every Day!
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
Many misunderstand God’s ways concerning His mercy as if we qualify as recipients based on our mercy to others. When we give to people in need or opt not to complain about lousy service at a restaurant, we are extending a form of mercy. But it’s our human inclination to think that if God sees our efforts, He’ll, in turn, be more merciful to us if we do “just a little more.” The good news is, that God doesn’t base His mercy on how well we perform, tallying our good deeds. He has extended the gift of His mercy without our having done anything to deserve it!
Jesus was sent to the world to save us from sin. Our ability to show mercy is not the qualification for His forgiveness. Jesus paid that debt, and we don’t have to do anything but accept Him for His grace AND mercy to flow freely. We show mercy to others because of God’s love in us by His Spirit—shining on those around us. What a testimony to how Jesus changes lives! When we bless others, we in turn ARE blessed!
Call to Action: Let the light of God shine on those around you, even if it’s just a smile or a small gesture of kindness. We are the hands and feet of Jesus!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:6).
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).
Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your unfailing mercy! Help me to be more like You and show mercy and love to all who cross my path—even those that may not be deserving. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to take my place on Calvary, paying the debt I could not pay. In Your precious name, we pray, Amen!
Final Thought: It doesn’t matter what we did yesterday. God’s mercy is new every day and available through Christ Jesus!
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