Mercy (noun): compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm
I've been thinking about joy, grace, love, faith, and mercy lately. When I've been reading my Bible this year I've been marking each of these words with a different color as they come up. Until last week I didn't know what I wanted to pull out and write about this next month. As I was sitting in Sunday School last week we read 1 Peter 2:9-10 "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." Then it hit me. MERCY. Everything that Jesus suffered on the cross was for me. The punishment that I deserved Jesus took. God has every right to punish sinners purely because of our sin. BUT He forgave us. He forgave me. He forgave you. God offered us all mercy. My hope is to focus on this mercy a little every day and understand the depths of the gift God has given me.
I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Print out the page below, or save it to your phone for easy access and write through these few passages about MERCY with me!