Originally Posted on September 27, 2010 at 6:47 am by tonirand
22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD – Lamentations 3:22-26 (New King James Version)
Some time ago I received a ticket for a traffic violation. The speed limit had changed quickly and I had not been paying attention to the signs so the officer gave me a ticket for exceeding the speed limit. I went to court, entered a plea and received a charge for a lesser offence. The fact that I received a lesser punishment does not mean the law was changed to facilitate me. It means someone with the authority heard my story and chose to show mercy.
So it is with our Christian walk. We make mistakes daily. We go off track because we’re not paying attention. The law requires we be punished for our transgressions. Mercy gives us a break. The punishment for sin is death – the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23).
I pay more attention to signs now. There’s no way I’m going to get caught there again! The rules have not changed because I received favour. God’s grace gave us what we did not deserve … forgiveness, life and liberty. That does not mean we cruise down the roadways of life breaking every code in the book. We have a responsibility to follow His direction. After-all, the signs are there for our guidance and protection!
Matthew 18:23-34 speaks of a man who was let off the hook because he couldn’t pay a huge debt. He in turn went and harassed someone who owed him so much less. When the one who had showed him mercy heard what had happened, he handed the unkind man over to the jailers so they could torment him until he could repay the debt. We’re human. We drop the ball from time to time. Sometimes we get off easy, sometimes we pay the full penalty. It is because of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed.
We receive mercy so that we may show mercy. We all cross the line. We all need a break every now and then. God’s mercies are new every morning. Are you in need of mercy? Check in with Him! He has more than enough for you. Someone may need mercy from you today. Can you give a ‘lesser punishment’ so they too may experience peace and release?
Father, thank You for the Gift of Mercy. Thank You for not giving us what we deserve. You have the authority to give us a far lesser punishment than we have earned. Help us not to take Your love for granted. Teach us to show mercy even as You have shown us mercy for to whom much is given, much is expected.
Toni R (c)
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