Part of the meaning of Mercy is:
A refraining from harming offenders, a disposition, tendency or mind to forgive, the power to forgive or bestow a blessing.
The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:4-5 said, God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, *Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.
And that word “Quickened” means, made alive. We once were dead, but now we are alive in Jesus. Praise His Holy Name!
The depth, breadth, length and height of God’s Mercy cannot be measured, nor can a price be ascribed to it. The evidence to this is that while mankind was still in their sins, God sent His only begotten son to die in our place.
In Isaiah 55:7 the Prophet Isaiah said, Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
When a righteous person falls away from doing that which is right, they must first realize that they are doing wrong, stop doing wrong and then bring with them words of repentance to God, through Jesus Christ His Son, and ask for forgiveness and He will abundantly pardon their sin.
The Apostle Luke in St. Luke 1:50 said, His mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
God is still the same; Praise His Holy Name! That which He has done for others, He will do the same for you, if you will but ask Him to. To fear the Lord is not to cower down like someone is going to hurt you. But it is to hate evil “Wrong Doing” as King Solomon once said in Proverbs 8:13.
Therefore, if we want to show the Lord that we truly fear Him then, we must avoid evil or doing wrong at all cost.
King David in Psalms 103:8-18 said, The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. *He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. *He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. *For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. *As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. *Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. *For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. *As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. *For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. *But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; *To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
God has so much mercy that it seems like it could never run out. However, He did say that He would not always chide “Put Up” with mankind disobeying Him, Psalms 103:9.
Isn’t it wonderful that He has not punished us according to that which we deserve? I don’t think anyone has ever been able to tell how far the east is from the west therefore, no one can tell you how long God will be merciful to you.
Are you observing His commandments and keeping His covenant that He has established to stand to a thousand generations? Only He knows whether or not you are sincere in your repentance and in your desire to serve Him.
Have you ever blown on handful of dust? If you have you will remember that when you blow on dust, it will scatter everywhere. That’s the way it is with us if we do not stay in the Masters loving hands and graces. We will be scattered to less than nothing.
Do you know what nothing is? Nothing is a Zero “O” without the line, it can’t be seen.
In Psalms 18:25 we read, With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.
God expects His children to be like Him in ALL things. In one Scripture God said as He has had mercy on us and as He has forgiven us, we are to do in like manner with mankind. As we give, so shall we receive. It’s kind of like, as your faith is, so shall you receive. If you plant corn, you will get corn. If you plant poison-oak, you will get poison-oak. It’s that simple!
Here in St. Matthew 5:7 we read where Jesus said, Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Do you want to be blessed? Do you want and expect to receive God’s mercy? If you do then, it behooves you to comply with the Written Word of God.
The Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 1:18 said, Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
In other words, let’s talk it over with Jesus because He knows exactly what we have been doing wrong and He is more than willing to forgive us and give another chance to do right.
Most of my life I have heard people refer to sin as being Black, but God’s Word refers to sin as being Red. Have you ever tried to change the color of something that was Black? If you have, you have found that it can be a difficult task. However, if you want to paint something Red, that is already Red then, the job is relatively easy.
King Solomon in his wisdom in Proverbs 28:13 said, He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
It should be evident to everyone that we cannot hide from God. Adam and Eve tried to hide from God after they did what God told them not to do; they even tried to cover up themselves so as not to appear guilty. But God saw through it all.
As a child I would lie to my parents or to just about anybody else at the drop of a hat. But when a Policeman or Law Official asked me about something, I generally told them the truth. I found that telling the truth generally allotted me some leniency. That’s the way it is with God too; if we will come to Him, through the Precious Blood of Jesus and confess our sins, He will forgive us our sins. Praise His Holy Name!
In St. Matthew 23:23 we find where Jesus said, Woe unto you, (christians) scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Jesus was speaking about how the leaders of the Temple of God, “The Church” were not practicing what they were preaching. They were doing part of the things expected of them but they were not doing everything they knew they were supposed to be doing. Jesus told them that they needed to start doing the things that they weren’t doing and that they were to continue doing the things that they were doing right. “Do this and don’t leave the other undone.”
Jesus defiantly believed in Tithing but Tithing was not as important as having faith and mercy and doing justly in judgment. However, the covetous leaders of the temple “Church” wanted the money more than dealing fairly and doing justly to their fellowman.
The Apostle James in James 2:13 wrote, For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
God will not have mercy in judgment on us if we have not shown mercy in judgment to others. Having the ability to forgive or overlook the wrong doing of others gives the one in authority a wonderful feeling, when it is done righteously.
In Proverbs 20:28 we read, Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
In considering the mercy of King Solomon we need to consider his son, Rehoboam, he was not a merciful king. He was not willing to follow the advice of his father’s counselors but listened to his peers and evilly entreated his subjects. His lack of mercy cost him eighty percent of the people that his father ruled.
In closing we read in Micah 6:8, He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus have given us many marvelous examples of how to live a life rich in mercy. All we need to do is implement them into our daily lives. If you are not sure of how to live a mercy-rich-life, may I suggest that you obtain a King James Bible and read it through, starting in Genesis 1:1, and read every word - all the way through Revelation 22:21.
Don’t worry about how to pronounce all the words or be concerned about the exact meaning of every word, just read it through and then read it again. In this manner, the Word of God will become part of who you are and then you will be more like the Lord of Mercy. Praise His Holy Name!
Derwood A. Stewart, Minister