A Considerate Look at God’s Mercy
The mercy of God can be described as the loving-kindness of God in condescending to the needs of His creatures. In this article we are considering what God’s Word tells us about the mercy of God.
We first see the mercies of God are many, rich, trustworthy, everlasting, enduring, great, and new every morning. God’s mercies are demonstrated in the wonders He has performed in creation, in providing physical needs, in destroying enemies, and in considering the helplessness of mankind.
Next, we recognize it is because of and in accord with God’s mercies we are not consumed, we are reconciled to God (though we are originally hostile to God), we are saved, and we can pray.
Additionally, we are instructed to hold the mercy of God close to us, to look continually for God’s mercy in our lives which will lead to eternal life, and to love the mercies of God.
Finally, the result of God’s mercy in our lives and our inmost being is a holy fear and reverence of God. We who know, and have experienced, some of the vastness of God’s mercies understand the truth of our own helpless estate, recognize God’s power to deliver, and rejoice in the unsearchable mercies of God.
The Bible often speaks of God’s mercy. It describes, provides examples, and displays benefits of yielding to God’s mercies. Take the time to take a considerate look at God’s Mercy. Read the passages of scripture used to compile this piece. They are shown below. Explore and meditate on God’s mercies demonstrated in scripture. Be reminded of the ways God has shown you mercy.
As your mind is renewed, you will understand better the great need you have for the loving-kindness of God to condescend to you. You will more readily become a living sacrifice and present yourself unto God to be holy, acceptable to Him. The mercy of God will be your fragrance as it follows you all the days of your life.
Select Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 16:34, 41; Psalm 5:7; Psalm 18:50; Psalm 23:6; Psalm 86:13; Psalm 100:5; Psalm 136; Proverbs 3:3; Proverbs 16:16; Proverbs 20:38; Lamentations 3:23; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 2:4; I Timothy 1:13-16; Titus 3:5; Jude 1:21
“Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Ephesians 4:23
“Bad as things are, it is owing to the mercy of God that they are not worse.” Matthew Henry
“. . . the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.” Psalm 103:17-18