God’s Mercy

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When have you not relied on the mercy of God?

I don’t just mean, when have you forgotten or been unmindful of God’s mercy – for even in these times our very existence is reliant on the mercy of God.  So the question is a trick.  But consider it, and consider all of the ways that you are reliant on His mercy.

We relegate mercy to a tiny corner – mercy is God not giving you all of the bad things you deserve.  What a negative description and expression of mercy!  Instead, recognize that in His mercy punishment is withheld (yes!), but also His gracious gifts are bestowed: those that He is pleased to give, for they lead to fullness of life; those that He gives because of love for us, because we’ve asked.  He grants these in His mercy.  True repentance of sin; His Holy Spirit; bold faithfulness; a great parking spot at the mall; help on a test.  All of these He grants in His mercy.

So I ask again, when have you not relied on the mercy of God?

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