“Teach me thy ways, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy MERCY toward me: and thou has delivered my soul from the lowest hell.” Psalm 86:11-13
Have you ever done something that you just knew you would receive a severe punishment for yet your mom or dad showed you great mercy? I vividly remember as a small child crawling under a horse and my daddy being very upset. Because he knew the horse could really hurt me he became very concerned. In his immediate response he snatched me up and I could tell he was really upset. I deserved a good spanking but I did not receive one. Daddy told me not to be around the horses but I disobeyed him. Although I received a pop on the bottom, I probably needed at least three or four. Daddy was merciful to me with his punishment. Maybe my crying was enough for him to feel sorry for me. Nonetheless, because of my daddy’s love for me he showed me mercy.
I feel this same mercy for my precious grands when they are in trouble. In my heart I want to show them great mercy. There are times however they must also learn a lesson for their behavior. Mercy for them will always run deep in my heart as I strive to teach them loving lessons about life. Such love fills my heart for these precious grands of mine that I feel my heart will explode. Mercy always wins with this Mimi/Memaw!
There is a beautiful song I love to sing. The words go like this: “I was hopeless, I knew I was lost. Death and darkness were my only songs. I needed someone to come rescue me and mercy heard my plea. …….That’s what mercy did for me.” This song has brought such peace to my heart. Just to know that my “Daddy” has shown me such mercy makes this life journey a little easier to travel. Jesus is Mercy!
This world we live in is a fallen one. Sin and darkness seems to overrun the lives of people all around us. In receiving God’s mercy we have the power to extend it to others through the Holy Spirit within. It is my prayer for each of us that we are filled with compassion and mercy for this lost and dying world. May we let the Light of Jesus shine out as we show mercy to those around us. Living in Mercy will allow us to have Joy4theJourney.