UNDERSTANDING GOD'S MERCY
In "Reader's Digest" Jim Williams of Butte, Montana, writes:
I was driving too fast late one night when 1 saw the flashing
lights of a police car in my rearview mirror. As I pulled over
and rolled down the window of my station wagon, I tried to dream
up an excuse for my haste. But when the patrolman reached the
car, he said nothing. Instead, he merely shined his flashlight in
my face, then on my seven-months-pregnant wife, then on our
snoozing 18-month-old in his car seat, then on our three other
children, who were also asleep, and lastly on the two dogs in the
very back of the car. Returning the beam of light to my face, he
then uttered the only words of the encounter.
"Son," he said, "you cant afford a ticket. Slow it down." And
with that, he returned to his car and drove away.
Sometimes mercy triumphs over law. So it is for sinners who call
out to Jesus.
WHAT THE SCRIPTURES SAY
2 Sam. 22:26. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful,
and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
Psa. 18:25. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful.
Psa. 37:25. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not
seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26. He
is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
Psa. 85:10. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and
peace have kissed each other.
Prov. 3:3. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about
thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4. So shalt
thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and
Prov. 11:17. The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he
that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
Prov. 12:10. A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but
the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
Prov. 14:21. He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that
hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. 22. Do they not err that
devise evil? But mercy and truth shall be to them that devise
good. 31. He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker but
he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
Prov. 20:28. Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is
upholden by mercy.
Prov. 21:21. He that followeth after righteousness and mercy
findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Hos. 4:1. Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for
the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land,
because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the
Hos. 12:6. Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and
judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
Mic. 6:8. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth
the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God?
Matt. 5:7. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Matt. 23:23. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for
ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the
weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these
ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Luke 6:36. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is
Rom. 12:8. He that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Col. 3:12. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and
beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,
sleekness, longsuffering. 13. Forbearing one another, and
forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:
even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Jas. 2:13. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath
showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
NAVE'S Topical Bible also says,
See GOD, MERCY OF; KINDNESS.
MERCY IS A PART OF THE CHARACTER OF GOD. IT MUST ALSO
BE PART OF OUR CHARACTER IF WE ARE GOING TO OBTAIN
MERCY FROM THE MERCIFUL GOD.
Keith Hunt - Feast of Atonement 2012