On a particular week I found myself thinking about God’s mercy. The reason? Well, because I know me. I know the mistakes I have made in my past. I know my shortcomings, failures and character flaws. Therefore, I have also come to know that I desperately need God’s mercy. You see, in my mind, his mercy is driven by his love.
There are people who have and do love a person and, yet, showed no mercy. Believe it or not, a drug abuser or alcoholic can actually love a person but show no mercy. Just ask someone who has had to endure these types of circumstances (e.g. been raised in the abusive home of an alcoholic parent.). In many a marriage relationship, there are spouses who may genuinely love their husband/wife but they fail to show them mercy. Never mind the fact that, true love should drive us to show mercy. Sadly, this is not always the case.
All this is to say that, I am struck by the fact that, intertwined in His love, God shows mercy. No wonder the words of John 3:16 resonate with us (“God so loved the world that he gave his son…he did not come to condemn but that the world might be saved.”).
Now I can understand and agree with the psalmist about just how powerful and far reaching God’s mercy is.
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)
This week, may knowledge of His unfeigned love and His eternal mercy dominate your thoughts and your days. And then…may you, in turn, show mercy to someone else.
Merciful thoughts from the Heart and Mind of Victor.