Mercy  is the most fundamental aspect of our relationship with God. We only have a relationship with God because of His tremendous mercy, for without it, we are permanently estranged from Him. Thus, Jesus teaches mercy on our parts as a foundational requirement of being His disciple.

We have received His mercy; we are to show mercy to others when the occasion arises. We have received His love; we are to show love to others. How can we show mercy without love, and love without mercy? Yes, this is fundamental.

The person who has received God’s mercy and who shares God’s mercy with others, both through the Gospel and through our own attitudes and actions, will in the end, receive mercy when those who have refused it receive God’s judgment; this is also a fundamental truth.

Now we come to the reversal of this: What kind of person does not show mercy to others?

The ruthless, the cruel, the inhumane, the purely evil…

Will they receive mercy: of course not, they will be judged. Will they be blessed in this life by relationship with God? No, for they live in open rebellion against Him. Will they receive mercy in the end? No, they will receive justice instead.


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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10 Responses to Mercy

  1. Pete says:

    Mercy must be the theme of the day! God gave me my post early this morning on Magnificent Mercy. Very well put, Don.

  2. Excellent post, Don! Matthew 25:31-46 comes to mind. Thanks so much for sharing. God bless.

  3. Satan demands justice. God delivers mercy. How many times through life have we asked God hundreds of times to forgive the same sin we commit over and over, but won’t forgive a friend who has done us wrong. Forgiveness is not condoning anything, but letting go of it and wishing that other person a better life and handing them over to God. Good Sunday morning, friend.

  4. People are often uncomfortable with the fact that God is being just in sending them to an eternity in hell for their sins but they forget all the opportunity they have to get right with Him while they still continue to breathe

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