I still remember the unease that passed through me as I sat in that high school English class, realizing that I left my vocabulary book in the car that morning. I was unprepared for class. It embarrassed me and I dreaded facing the teacher.
This teacher was a hard one. Nothing got by her and she was very consistent with giving out consequences to students that were tardy or unprepared for class. And I hated messing up. Now, I was forced to accept the lunch detention that would be assigned to me.
But what happened next changed my opinion forever. As the teacher passed by my desk, she quietly let me off the hook. I was not in the habit of being unprepared for class so she was willing to overlook this offense. Immediately, I was flooded with relief.
From that day on, I stopped learning for the sake of passing the test and started enjoying the class. The teacher that I used to fear became my favorite.
It’s amazing what a little mercy can do.
Isn’t that how it is with God? We mess up. We break the rules. But instead of the punishment we deserve, he shows us mercy. This mercy, that is free to us, cost Him everything. Because if it wasn’t for the sacrificial death of Jesus, which provided a way for us to be forgiven, our offenses could not be overlooked. If not for the mercy of God, we would never be good enough.
And so, I wonder, if we can love the people who show us just a little mercy, how much more should we love our abundantly merciful God?
Mercy: That benevolence, mildness, or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or treat an offender better than he deserves.Noah Webster
Monday: Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. – Micah 7:18
Wednesday: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. – Psalm 51:1–2
Thursday: Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. – Proverbs 28:13
Friday: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1
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