This world has become a more unforgiving place, where the Saved and unsaved alike are subjected to serving self and creating their own “little” world which pleases self. Fewer and fewer people want to take the time to see the “best” in others, possibly not realizing that they are being blinded by the example placed in front of them (you and me included) in all realms of social sharing who seek to build themselves up. As that building up of oneself occurs, an alarming tendency starts to emerge, one that can creep in unaware – the erosion of concern and having/showing mercy for others.
As this Series was being developed (it is one of four different Series on Mercy), a definition came to mind, which is provided here without edits, from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:
“MER’CY, n. [L. misericordia.] | That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant. In this sense, there is perhaps no word in our language precisely synonymous with mercy. That which comes nearest to it is grace. It implies benevolence, tenderness, mildness, pity or compassion, and clemency, but exercised only towards offenders. Mercy is a distinguishing attribute of the Supreme Being.“
Mercy begins in the heart, allowing the individual to forgive. (period) NOTICE there is no blank, following “things” that can be or might be considered for “forgiving” at a specified time, whether that be in the past, present or future. Also notice with me that it is specific, about known things, events, occurrences – an understanding is established of not only the injury and hurt, but also the punishment is also known – thus so are the potential consequence of the actions to be taken. The more we consider the action of Mercy, the more we will understand what the LORD provided by His Mercy to each of us.
In order to understand His Mercy towards us, we need not look any further than His Word. From cover to cover, the Bible is a Book of Mercy, Compassion, Love, Forgiveness and Promise – all available to the child of God to gain understanding, make application and live. Those may be easier to understand written this way:
Live Mercy, Live Compassion, Live Forgiveness and Live the Promise of Almighty God!
We each are given that opportunity, but we must determine to do so and be determined in our doing so. We have to be willing to look – we have the Book. Second, a desire to seek out what the Word of God says about Mercy is required – what good is the Good Book if no one is willing to take the time see what is provided within the pages. Third, each person who takes the time to do so, must make application of what they find in their own life.
Once that three step process is put into motion: look, seek and find – we each will begin to discover what His Mercy really is. It is my hope that each person that does so will experience His Mercy in an entirely different aspect and light!
The thirty (30) items may at first look daunting and lengthy, but they simply are stated as “His Mercy” is…, or just the statement unless it has the verb included. When they are made personal, they become POWERFUL – for the Holy Spirit is PERSONAL and POWERFUL, beginning at “His Mercy is Great Mercy” through to “His Mercy is Looking Eternal“. It is important for every Christian to determine to look, seek and find His Mercy in the Word of the Most High and Holy God.
MERCY | determine to look, seek and find
Great Mercy, Will Not be Slack, Endureth For Ever, I Pray Thee In Sight, Shall Follow Me
Compasses Me, Will Deliver Me, Is Shown To Us, Plenteous To Me, Make Known
He Remembered, Sing of Them, Is Everlasting, Blessed Be, Upon Us
In the Midst – Revive, Over All, Purges Iniquity, Abundantly Pardon, In The Midst
To Repentance, Into the Way, This Ministry, I Obtained, Longsuffering
Eternal Life, Make Peace, Lively Hope, In Truth and Love & Looking Eternal
Each of us determine what we are going to do with each of our given days, for which we individually have to account for them. Inside of you and me is a level of Mercy which none of us can afford, nor could we ever purchase on our own – that Mercy is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God the Father’s Mercy was given to all man-kind through the Sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ – the birth, life, death, burial and RESURRECTION – entirely. That alone should cause us to desire to know more about His Mercy towards us and what we should show, having compassion, as we live our daily lives amongst this world. As we learn more about His Mercy, the easier it will become to share those discoveries with others. Our direction will change. The things we see in others will change. You see, each of these Mercy items, thirty (30) of them, will change us utterly – where others will plainly see His Mercy at work in our lives – if only we would DETERMINE to look, seek and find Him. Indeed, each of them has been paid for, redeemed, by the ONLY ONE that could… Jesus Christ.
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