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Going Deeper—Merciful God (with Study Guide #5b)

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Dear Readers,

In order to fully appreciate God’s mercy, we need to have some understanding of the extent of our sin debt. We are no less deserving than the Israelites of God’s wrath. “Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them…” (Psalm 78:38a). However, we can lose perspective by sinking into Christian complacency. At times we forget what we owe, how great our guilt is, how destitute we’d be without Christ.

For this reason, as the unworthy-made-worthy-in-Christ, let us rouse ourselves in grateful thanksgiving to our merciful God. Let us once again remember what He has saved us from and serve Him with renewed devotion, fervor, and love.

Merciful God

mercy

By Ruth Wood and Kay Smith

Mercy triumphs over judgment. What a beautiful little phrase found at the close of James 2:13. Meditating on this verse regularly would surely increase our joy. It’s because mercy trumps judgment that we are free, why there is no more condemnation, why we have purpose and hope. Scripture often refers to God’s great mercy. A mercy that triumphs over judgment truly is great.

Consider the writers’ adjectives when they describe this beautiful quality of God. We see

God’s forgiving mercy (Daniel 9:9)
God’s tender mercy (Luke 1:78)
God’s rich mercy (Ephesians 2:4)
God’s compassionate mercy (James 5:11)

Mercy, however, does not operate in a vacuum. It’s strongly linked to love and grace. Love sets grace and mercy into action.

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 (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Because God is merciful, salvation is possible.

What, then, is our response? Paul says that in light of God’s amazing mercy, we will want to offer our bodies as “a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1).

Amen and amen.

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