Mercy from the Lord

Written April 12th 2008, Monday – Posted April 21st 2008, Monday

Mercy from the Lord

Is mercy really a topic people, Christians even, think of much in this era?  It sounds so severe and intense that few I believe realize how much mercy they truly need from the Lord each day.  God is a God of justice and righteousness therefore, we, falling short in various areas everyday need to enlist His mercy else, we may crumble under the weight of our own actions.

Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us the vastness of God’s mercy toward us. “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Each day with the Lord is new and a fresh beginning.  A beginning we should cease and make beneficial to others and ourselves.  

The word mercy appears 355 times in the King James Bible and in the renowned 23rd Psalm where David states in verse 6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” that word mercy means in the Hebrew the following.

Mercy:
2617. from 2616; kindness; by impl. (toward God) piety; rarely (by opposition) reproof, or (subj.) beauty:— favour, good deed (-liness, -ness), kindly, (loving-) kindness, merciful (kindness), mercy, pity.
2616. to be kind; also to reprove

Even when we find ourselves in a state of correction from the Lord, it is because He loves us and has mercy on us that He bothers to reprove us.  You do not bother with those for whom you do not care. 

This same word, with the same meaning, is used in a verse within Proverbs, where we find the benefit of living a life of mercy, verse 21:21 states, “He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness and honor.”

Jesus told us in Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” I know I need mercy from the Lord in great amounts therefore; it would behoove me to show mercy to those around me. The meaning of the word mercy used in this verse, in the Greek language means the following.

Mercy:
1653. from 1656; to compassionate (by word or deed, spec., by divine grace):— have compassion (pity on), have (obtain, receive, shew) mercy (on)
1656. compassion (human or divine, espec. active):— (+ tender) mercy.

May we each find mercy from the Lord each day and share that mercy with those we encounter during our day!

 

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