A Measure of Mercy

It's so easy for us to "pick on" certain sins in society, as if to say there are some sins that are worse than others. I will be the first to admit that I have found myself in that place before. I can quickly forget that God is so, so clear in his word that no sin is worse than another and he views every one of us with the same measure of love and mercy. I think it's hard not to do that because it is true that some sins have seemingly farther reaching affects than others. When families are ripped apart by murder, or a child's life is taken before it even enters the world, our view can rapidly become cloudy and before we know it we can find ourselves offering judgement to those people. There is a place for discipline, of course, and we do reap what we sow, but should that really affect our heart's response to others?

Jesus fascinates me. At every opportunity, he chooses the sick one, or the murderer, or the adulterer to fellowship with. He could have chosen to teach from within the walls of the temple, to preach salvation...but he did not. He took his message to the streets and went into the homes of the unacceptable, the unlovable, the unwanted. Oh, he went to the temple, he ministered to the rich as well as the poor, but what he showed us is that in the eyes of our God, we are all the same. He redefined what it means to be "good" to "love him with all your heart".

He changed the definition of love and mercy.

Actually, what Jesus did was blow the doors off of our definitions of love and mercy. What Jesus teaches me is that love and mercy have no end. That forgiveness is within every soul's reach. If that is true then my view of people must change. I have to throw away my measuring stick for mercy. Society has always been judgmental and condemning. Human nature never changes. Doesn't the death of Jesus prove that? I wish I could look at the cross and say "I didn't do that", but I know that I did. I know that I am incapable of ever being good on my own. It's amazing, the change of my mind and heart since I gave God got complete hold of my soul not long ago. I feel like I "harp" on God's love and mercy all the time, but I just can't help it. If you have discovered the depths of it for yourself then you understand what I am talking about. If you have been dragged out of a pit by arms of grace and strength then you will understand. I want mercy and compassion to brim over in my soul like it does in Jesus. Oh, I know I fail miserably a lot of the time, but I know everyday is new with his mercy and I can lean heavily on him to give me grace.

Perhaps you need his immeasurable mercy in your life. Maybe you need to extend it to someone else. Either way, he has more than enough for you. I pray that everyday I am laying judgement at the foot of the cross and picking up the cup that overflows with love and mercy. It will be a tougher road to walk, but oh, the joy of walking it instead of my own! What freedom, what peace. There really is no sin that God hasn't already redeemed. There really is nowhere that God's mercy doesn't reach too. I pray that my words, my deeds, my very life is a walking testimony to the immeasurable love and mercy that God has given to me.

"For you Lord are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help" - Psalms 86:5

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