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Examples of Mercy
We assume most of you know the story of King David and Bathsheba. It is found in 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25. David had sexual intercourse with Bathsheba, she became pregnant, David had her husband killed in the battleground, David married Bathsheba, and their child died.
King David committed adultery and murder. Justice would demand that David be dethroned and killed. The mercy of God spared Davidís life and allowed him to continue to be king. Most of us would have demanded that David be punished, in fact, demand that he receive the death penalty. However, in Godís wisdom, He knew that David would repent of his sin. The Lord used this story to show us an example of His never ending mercy. Mercy was given when it was not deserved.
Even though David received mercy, there were consequences for his actionsĖhis son died, he was told that throughout his reign his kingdom would be in war, his son Solomon also allowed lust to control his life.
Before I was a Christian, whenever I drank alcohol, I would drink until I would pass out, be horribly sick, black out, or just be drunk. There were many times that I would drive the streets of the Los Angeles area not knowing how I got home. Once, I sideswiped a parked car before going to work. I then went to work at a 7-Eleven and vomited all over a customerís groceries. I never experienced consequences for my drinking actionsĖnone*. I lived my life as an atheist with no fear of God and I was certainly not a merciful person to others; yet my Heavenly Father gave mercy to me. He gave mercy to me when I did not even think I needed mercy.
What brought me to God, was a minor accident while completely sober. In my mind I should have been seriously injured, but I only had a sore knee. I felt that God had mercy on me, and I went on a God hunt and found Jesus. I did not see a need of mercy when I did so many foolish things, but suddenly in a minor accident, I see His love and mercy for me.
It boggles my mind when I think of Godís mercy towards me. I did not deserve mercy. It is as if He winked at my rebellion and foolishness.
As a Christian, Godís mercy has been shown to me in a different way. I spent many years as an angry, depressed man who damaged many relationships. The mercy of God has been shown to me by allowing me to suffer the consequences of my actions. The result is that I have received counseling and I am a different person. I also have a strong desire to minister to others who struggle with anger, depression, or addictions. I am able to have mercy for them and yet at the same time hold them accountable.
The source of mercy is God Almighty.
We do not deserve mercy, it is a gift from God.
Whenever someone cried out for
mercy, Jesus granted their wish.
Sometimes in Godís wisdom, we do not suffer consequences for our actions**.† Other times, the Lord demands justice.
Until we have experienced Godís mercy in our own lives, it will be hard to show mercy to others.
If we have the mind of Christ, we
will show mercy to others.
We need wisdom to know how to best manifest the mercy of God.
* I am speaking about consequences in regards to job loss, tickets, jail time, etc.
**I do believe there is always a consequence for sin, even if God shows us mercy. There can be the loss of relationship, loss of finances, loss of peace, loss of joy, loss of health, loss of innocence, etc.
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
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