Devotional

“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2:4-7.

This certainly is a time of uncertainty. The pandemic has created a cloud over most everything. So how do we better deal with uncertainty? As Christians, our relationship with others with God and with uncertain times is almost exclusively impacted by our knowledge of God. In other words, the more we understand and apply the God of Scriptures to our life, the more we are prepared to deal with negative times and circumstances in our lives.  

We start by knowing God. All of God’s attributes are incredible and glorious; His goodness, His compassion, His long-suffering and His love to name a few. But it is hard to overlook the trait and characteristic of God of mercy. In fact, it can’t be overstated.  

Mercy fuels compassion, providing promising glints of light in a darkened world. It’s kindness, forgiveness, and empathy. Mercy chooses not to be offended, and compassionately sees a hurting heart behind hurtful words. God’s mercy is reflected in the cross of Christ, a direct reflection of His love for us. “The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy.” (James 3:17)

Mercy is a display of God’s abundant nature. Mercy triumphed over judgment when Christ died for sinners, to rescue us from the condemnation we surely deserved. That same mercy triumphs still as our Holy Father looks at us and sees the faultless and unblemished image of His perfect Son. It was and still is the most extraordinary display of mercy in history. We are sinful people and we absolutely do not deserve the goodness and love our Father shows us, but each and every time we stray He relentlessly calls us back to Him and shows us incomprehensible grace and mercy.  

Furthermore, God’s mercy for the believer isn’t just a single one-off act. Psalm 23 gives us the assurance that “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Whatever situation you’re in today, you can rest in God’s mercy.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How effective are you at being a conduit for passing on the mercy God has shown you to other people?  
  2. If you were to incorporate mercy into your own life, how would the next week be different?