12 Gifts of Christmas / 9th Gift -Mercy

 But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:10 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy! Matthew 5:7  As we’ve looked at gifts both given and received; no list could…

Inheriting Mercy

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.             Matthew 5:7 KJV A few years back in the film, “The Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall, we see the story of a young man who is presented with the opportunity to inherit an large though undisclosed sum from his billionaire grandfather. There is a catch however;…

Mercy for Today

O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 KJV Often when we ask God for mercy, we are asking for a past sin to be forgiven. But mercy is about more than sin and more than just about what is past. We often think of…

A Bridge of Mercy

Forgive us our debts and we forgive our debtors    Matthew 6:12 ESV I like the idea that if I am merciful to people; I can count on God forgiving my sins. But we can’t just close our eyes and say, “God I forgive everyone.” God wants us to forgive actual hurtful things people have done….

Meditations on Psalm 25 Part 2

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.  Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Psalm 25:6-7 ESV Does it strike you strange that David asks God to remember mercy as if he were shaking God by…