Wednesday, 4 October 2017

His mercies endure forever


Isaiah 42:3: A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;” ***

Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

His mercies endure forever! When we are tired and discouraged, the Lord will never break our spirit. No, on the contrary, it is in those times that He shows us His mercies. In the bible the mercy of the Lord is a theme that is frequently referred too. It is mentioned hundreds of times. Here are a few examples:

Psalms 118:1: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.
1 Peter 1:3: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:4-6: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

The meaning of mercy is: to have compassion on someone, to help out someone out of love without expecting nothing in return.

Salvation is by grace! It is not who we are, how rich or powerful we are or anything else we could do that would give us salvation. Nothing we could ever do would be good enough to get us the gift us of salvation. The mercy, grace and love of God on a dying world gave us salvation through the blood of His only son, Jesus Christ.

What is mercy? One of the best example of mercy is found in Luke 10:30-37: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

We all have read the story of the good Samaritan. In verse 37, Jesus says: “Go and do likewise.”  Jesus used this well-known parable to teach us about mercy.

If you are tired, discouraged or going through some difficult times, open your bible and write down the scriptures on the mercy of God. Then declare those verses over your life. He will lift you up, encourage you and give you the strength to keep going.
God bless you!
Other verses on mercy: Psalms 25:10, 33:18, 32:10, 33:5, 36:7-10, 57:10, 63:3
All verses quoted are from the New International Version unless otherwise mentioned
***same scripture can be read in Matthew 12:20

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