Rich in Mercy

Ephesians 2:4-10(NIV)

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

When it comes to grace and mercy, it is very difficult for us to offer grace and mercy.  There is a tendency for us to remember what somebody did to us and it is difficult to extend grace and mercy as we fear that they will do something again.  Even if they have no bad intentions, Satan works at us and gets us to withhold grace and mercy.  God is very rich in mercy and because of his grace, we are saved.

The other side of grace is when we are on the other side of the fence and receive grace and mercy.  Does it mean we take advantage of the situation and live freely, doing whatever we want?  Absolutely not!  It also doesn’t mean that we start to boast that we have a great character and worked very hard to search for God and be saved.  This is where we minimize God’s grace and give ourselves the credit for the relationship with God.  God freely gives as He is generous God.  We need to imitate His generosity in the area of mercy and grace to others.

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