Jun
11

Our God Is Rich In Mercy

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“The Lord is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth” Ps. 103: 8-11 (NIV)

Do you know something of how rich in mercy our God is? Or do you find it difficult to break away from the load of guilt for your past sins and failures? Do you feel God cannot use you again or fulfil his best in your life because you have messed up too often? It is not the will of God that we always live under guilt. The fact is that even when we fail and sin, God’s mercy never fails. If we do not know something of the mercy of God, it would be difficult to go on into all God has called us to be.

David was a man who longed for God, but he failed God miserably at times. Yet David was able to put his sins behind him and go on to fulfil God’s purpose for his life. David’s secret was that he knew something of the greatness of God’s mercy. In 2 Sam 24 David sinned against God again, and he was given an opportunity to choose what punishment should follow his sin. Now it is remarkable that instead of being taken up with getting a lighter punishment for his sin, his choice was to fall into the hands of God, no matter how severe the punishment might be. Hear David’s reason for this,

“Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great;” (v.14 – NIV).

David must have had a revelation of the mercy of God. We need to pray and ask for a revelation of God’s mercy. David was facing the consequences of his sin, yet he knew that even then he could still depend on the mercy of God, so he threw himself into the hands of God. Notice here in 2 Sam. 24:16 that God was grieved by the afflictions his people were suffering for David’s sin. Even when our sin brings us misery, God does not laugh at us; rather he is afflicted by our affliction. Think about that! He feels what we feel, even when we deserve what we get. And secondly note that it was God who said to the destroying angel, “Enough!” God will not let us suffer more than we can bear. He is watching the temperature of the heat, and when he sees it is enough, he will step in, whether we have received fully what we deserve or not. Now that is mercy.

Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV) talks of his great love!

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for him.’”

Do you know that God’s love is great? Great enough to forgive and completely forget all our sins? Some of us carry on with guilt in our sub-conscious minds and never come to be embraced by the outstretched arms of the Father. Yet God’s love is greater than all our sins.

Think of the prodigal son. Coming home a failure, who had wasted his father’s grace, he hoped that he would be able to get enough sympathy from his father to be allowed into the house again as a servant, but he was sure that there was no way he could erase the past. He had braced himself to live in the shadow of his past even in the father’s house.

I believe that there are too many today who are in the Father’s house but still living in the shadow of their past. They feel they have fallen too low, so that even if they were forgiven they would not be fully acceptable to the Father as they were before they messed it up. But we forget that the bible says our God is rich in mercy. (Eph.2: 4) You know how the rich do not need to check their account balance before writing a cheque. Well, no matter how high the bill of our sin, his mercy can take care of it without it unbalancing him.

The prodigal son knew nothing of how rich in mercy his father was. Think about it, no scolding, no condemning from the father, only a warm  embrace. No matter how dark our sin, when we turn to the Lord in repentance, what we receive is not scolding or a conditional acceptance. No, what we get is a warm embrace that says, “Welcome back! I love you. I forgive you. Your sins I will remember no more!” That is true acceptance.

Don’t wait any longer. Repent, get rid of your guilt and be enfolded in the Father’s embrace.

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