The Bible tells us over and over that God is merciful. We are told that He is slow to anger (Psalm 103:8), that He is good, forgiving, compassionate, full of love (Psalm 86:5 and Psalm 145:9) and that we must be merciful as He is merciful (Luke 6:36). But with everything that is going on in the world, it can seem hard to believe these things. Major hurricanes, massive earthquakes, nuclear threats, hostility between neighbors, poverty, sexual exploitation, disease … the list could go on for days. Then there are times when someone who should have been punished gets off with a slap on the wrist and it feels like mercy was applied in sheer mockery of our sense of wrong and right.
In light of these things it can be very easy to become jaded with God, the world and the very idea that mercy exists. Trust me, I’ve been there. But if there is one thing that can put everything else in perspective it is this:
“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.” – Titus 3:5
Mercy. We deserved death and we were given life. I encourage you to not lose sight of this eternal truth in the midst of a very unstable world. Trust that we do indeed serve a merciful God and that our hope can rest in His offering of eternal mercy.
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