The First Mercy

Mercy? The mercy of God? At one time, that meant one thing to me—He did not treat me as I deserved to be treated. He did not punish me as I deserved to be punished. That was God’s mercy.

“The first mercy” is not God’s term. It is simply my title here because when the subject of God’s mercy comes up, this is the aspect that comes first to my mind.

It is a huge thing for me. Although I had heard about God’s mercy for all of my life, I didn’t know what it was—until I was in such desperate need of mercy. Then, suddenly, it was real.

And let me tell you, friends, the mercy of God is real!

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sins are put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those
whose record the LORD has cleared of sin.
(Romans 4:7,8)

This is from a longer passage where Paul is talking about the gift of God’s mercy: God counts me as righteous — Me, who certainly doesn’t deserve that — because I believe in Him and in what He’s done.

He’s made that promise.

When we believe that promise, we drop a huge burden and walk away from it.

God no longer sees my sin. With Him, my record is clear.

I take Him at His word.
And I’m living on that promise!

Because God’s mercy assures me, my hope dances forward in joy.

 

 

Psalm Prayer:

Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
(Psalm 51:1)

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© Elaine Starner 2015 Photo credits: Thanks to Claire Pridgeon, Paul Stutzman, Lana Turner, and Mary Jane Smith for sharing photography I’ve used on this site. (Click on each name to see more.)

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