Thursday, February 23, 2012
Mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. A friend of mine once told me that after reading my blogs, she realized 'mercy' was not my spiritual gift. Really? Another friend has told me 'I'm glad I'm your friend because I wouldn't want to be your enemy.' This all makes me sound like the big bad wolf. I am forgiving, it just may take me a lil bit to get there. I've never been on jury duty and there may be reason for that, lol.
God's mercy is faithful and quicker but also just. God does have a point in which he will give people over to their evil ways. His grace and mercy are always available tho. Our hearts can be as hard and wicked as Pharoah's but His mercy remains.
May we all recognize our own failures when others fail or disappoint us and show mercy more often to them. I'm not saying it's going to be easy but it's going to be worth it. Don't be a doormat either, God has limits too.
Romans 1;28-32 '' Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.''