Just as it is hard for us to be truly grateful for God’s grace and to rest in it and to allow it to work in our lives:
Just so, it is hard to benifit from God’s mercy unless we understand what it is and why we don’t like it, and how it works out in our lives.
MERCY=God bringing good out of the consequences of sin, ours and others.
A mother came to Napoleon to beg for mercy for her son who had fallen asleep on guard duty during a war campaign. “Madam”, he said,” He doesn’t deserve mercy!” Just as quick as can be she replied, “But, sir, if he deserved it, it wouldn’t be mercy!” That’s the first rub, We have to ask for what we desperately need and can generate none for ourselves and do not deserve. If given, we owe Him big-time. We want to ask for forgiveness and healing but claim that we deserve it because it wasn’t that bad, we didn’t realize, we’re not as bad as others etc.
Mercy accepted forces us to see the righteousness of God granting our enemies mercy. Remember Jonah? He hated the Ninevites so badly that he was depressed to the point of wanting to die because God granted them mercy.
Mercy goes beyond forgiveness and seeks to let God bring good out of the whole mess, so much good that the devil will wish he’d not caused the problems in the first place.
We also dislike that in order to receive mercy, we have to quit whining about the consequences we have pulled down on our heads and thank God for the consequences and not accuse him by our whining of being a mean over-reactor. WE EVEN NEED TO REJOICE IN AND BE GRATEFUL FOR THE SPANKINGS A LOVING FATHER DELIVERS. Leviticus 26.42-43 Proverbs 13.24, Hebrews 12.6,7 We, so often want to get rid of the consequences and not of the sin that brought on the consequences. We are like the child that apologizes for breaking his leg and not for disobeying his mother and climbing the tree in the first place.
Once our attitude is right we are in a place to receive mercy and have it bless us and not feed into the sin. God then takes away the consequences that would destroy us, brings growth and ministry and good out of the whole mess, leaves the consequences that we need in order to learn to hate sin, and enters the consequences with us and walks them with us.
THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR YOUR SPANKINGS DEAR LOVING FATHER. HELP ME WITH MY ATTITUDES WHICH CAUSES ME TO ACCUSE YOU OF BEING MEAN AND PURGE ME WITH HYSSOP THAT I MIGHT BE WHITER THAN SNOW.