Mercy.

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How would you define “mercy?” Recently I came across the following definition: “God’s relieving love poured out upon man in deep misery and trouble.

It feels like sweet relief when His love is poured – not dripped, not splashed, not sprayed, but poured – over us.  It covers. It soaks into us. In the scorching heat of a summer day, a few drops of water won’t refresh us. Without a doubt, it would not be enough.

Similarly, when we sin, we are separated from God. We need restoration; we need more than a couple drops of mercy! We hope for an outpouring, a covering of assurance.

“God doesn’t ask us to confess our sin so we will feel guilty. He asks us to confess our sin to find freedom and to come back to Him.” (Jennie Allen)

God doesn’t want us to sit in guilt; He wants to refresh, restore, rehydrate us with His perfect, sacrificial love.

 “So let us come boldly to the very throne of God

and stay there to receive His mercy

and to find grace to help us in our times of need.

(Hebrews 4:6)

Yes, approach the throne. Turn away from your sin. Ask for forgiveness.

Then…don’t get up too quickly!

Sit with Jesus for a while. The verse says “stay.” Stay to be poured over, to be fully refreshed. Forgiven.

This week – sit with Jesus.

This week – watch for opportunities to extend Christ’s mercy to others – to sit with them, to pour love over them in their time of need.

Since you have been chosen by God who has given you this new kind of life, and because of his deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others. (Colossians 3:12)

 

 

 

 

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