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Mercy Defines God

MEDITATION:

Written by Jon Dyer, a contemporary English missionary and author.ritten by Bill Hoehn.

Mercy is perhaps one of the most defining qualities of God, and without it none of us would be here, never mind able to enter heaven. The Bible is full of phrases such as “to be merciful, ” “to have mercy on, ” or “to show mercy toward.” Mercy is integral to understanding God’s dealings with us. Mercy is defined not only as an act of forgiveness and compassion but as not giving us what we deserve, whereas grace is God giving us something we don’t deserve…Mercy is not merely begrudgingly letting someone off the hook for wronging you. Mercy is a purposeful act of reconciling two parties. Micah 7:18 teaches us concerning the vast mercy of God saying, “Where is another God like you… You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love.” It actually pleases the Lord to show mercy to people like you and me because he is a God of mercy. Having been shown great mercy, we ought to be more merciful to others. Knowing that God is merciful and has forgiven us our sins, surely, we can forgive those who have sinned against us and show them mercy. Furthermore, God’s mercy for the believer isn’t just a single one-off act. Psalm 23 gives us the assurance that “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of my life.” Whatever situation you’re in today, you can rest in God’s mercy.

PRAYER:

This prayer is from the Mozarabic Rite, a liturgical rite of the Latin church once used generally in what is known now as Spain and Portugal. Developed during Visigoth rule of the Iberian Peninsula in the 500s A.D.

O Christ, Son of God, for our sake you fasted forty days and allowed yourself to be tempted. Protect us so that we may not be led astray by any temptation. Since man does not live by bread alone, nourish our souls with the heavenly food of your Word; through your mercy, O our God, you are blessed and live and govern all things, now and forever. Amen.

MUSIC MEDITATION:

Oh the Mercy of God Performed by Geoff Bullock.

The hymn was written and produced by Geoff Bullock in 1997.

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