For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Yesterday I was contemplating the idea that mercy is the greatest attribute of God, then perhaps this verse, which summarizes God’s redemptive plan, is THE mercy verse? It speaks to God’s leniency toward the human race. The ‘wages paid’ to reference the latin meaning of the word mercy I wrote about yesterday. Through Christ the pice is paid and mercy is given.
No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Isaiah 58: 6-7
This is a verse that has deeply and significantly penetrated my heart. It has motivated me to live out mercy and compassion in my own life, as a form of true worship. It is a verse I continually meditate on and pray. Consider the promises that follow:
The lord will guide you continually,
give you water when you are dry
and restore your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
Like an ever-flowing spring. Isaiah 58:11
So God desires that we have compassion and alleviate the suffering of those around us, and He promises to sustain and strengthen us in the process! One would think that when you are continually serving others and giving of yourself, you would become tired and empty. However, with the awesome economy of God, the more you give the more you are refreshed both spiritually and physically.
And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife. Genesis 4:21
God has been compassionate towards the human race from the very beginning. He is the author and originator of mercy. Here we seed God taking time to actually cloth a fallen Adam and Eve. He replaces their poor attempt at covering their newfound nakedness with fig leaves. God’s solution to a problem is always better; His solution is always sifted through hands of love. Although the curse was pronounced, the God of the universe actually took time to make clothes for the two very people who had just dishonored Him. What a beautiful moment–bittersweet and heart wrenching if you take a moment to really try to imagine it. He did not allow them to wander around in fig-leaves; He immediately poured out tender compassion, that was not deserved. How many times have you been provided God-Sewn ‘clothes’ that you did not deserve? Too many to count for me.
A Lesson on Mercy