Mercy

I am often guilty of forgetting that God's mercy did not stop on my day of salvation. When I was asked recently how God has proven Himself to be rich in mercy in my life, I struggled to come up with examples other than my personal salvation story.

So I asked friends to help. Here are a few ways they shared that God is continuing to shower mercy upon them.

“I am a selfish and critical person, and yet many times when I have sinned against people close to me, I've been shown grace in response. The ways I've failed as a wife and a parent, whenever I see God's hand in redeeming those failures, whenever those mistakes play out in good somehow rather than defining those relationships, that's God's mercy.” Erin D.

“What I deserve, due to my sin, is to be absent from God ("My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?") which would be hell. But, instead, He has shown me mercy. He has filled my life with people who want to see good things for me, who help me, who build me up.” Karen 

“He doesn't save us and then expect us to never fail again and get frustrated when we still struggle. He continues to show mercy day after day upon each of my failings. Sometimes I run out of mercy...like if my husband does the same irritating thing over and over, it gets harder and harder for me not to fly off the handle. But God isn't like that with us...He continues to show us mercy.” Joy

After reading their comments, I was so encouraged. It brought up a flood of times I can point to where I experienced God's mercy.  

That red light I ran on accident. The oncoming traffic saw me coming in time to avoid a collision. Mercy.  

That fight with my husband.  He was gracious and patient when I deserved a cold shoulder, waiting for me to confess my sinful anger.  Mercy.

That time I gossiped and got caught. Yet the one gossiped about forgave, and the gossip train stopped short of damaging anyone's reputation. Mercy.

That time I offered to help someone. And then I forgot (sleep deprivation at it's finest!). Someone else stepped in and no one was left in need. Mercy.

That time I struggled to remember how God has been merciful to me. And he provided friends who could encourage and remind me of His goodness. Mercy.

The fact that I have anything at all is mercy, because I deserve none of it.

Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve.
Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.

God has mercy on us because He loves us. The fact that I have anything at all is mercy, because I deserve none of it. The promise of this mercy gives us confidence in our relationship with Him. He is always good. 

Hebrews 4 : 15-16
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Jenn