We need to receive and experience mercy. Then we need to share mercy.
3 important things we must remember
- We must first experience mercy.
- Repent of our sins.
- Then we must be ready to change.
An experience of God's mercy requires a change in life.
What is mercy?
“In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10
When we are reflecting on Mercy - it is important that we remember that God loved us first.
“You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Eph 2:1-10)
We can't earn mercy. We will never be worthy of his forgiveness. He gives it to us because God desires being merciful to us and because he loves us.
Why do we need mercy?
We need mercy because of our sin. We cannot save ourselves from sin. The consequences of sin are death. Without Jesus and the forgiveness of our sins we are doomed, dead. We would all go to hell.
The cross is mercy, it is the unfathomable love of God.
We have to respond to this mercy. Without a response this mercy does not have an effect on our lives. There has to be a genuine desire to move away from sin and for transformation.
Mercy ought to lead to repentance, conversion and transformation. Mercy demands faith, trust, and belief.
Mercy means that we must become merciful to others.
Pray that mercy would lead to a change in your life.