Friday, August 21, 2009

Father of Mercies

2 Corinthians 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort..."

Life without mercy would be a world hard to imagine. We often say or think "life is not fair" somehow imagining fairness is a good thing, and of course, in one sense it is. But, if all of life was fair, not just a few parts - the parts WE want to be fair - that would be a world painfully difficult to endure, IF we survived at all.

To begin with, redemption would not be a part of the picture. Salvation would not be available. Hope would evaporate completely. There would be no forgiveness of sins; our sins would not be cast into the deepest part of the sea or as far as the east is from the west. Instead, our sins would be a constant, increasing burden that would be unbearable. Guilt and shame would be our constant companions.

A world without mercy would be a world without justification; there would be no declaration of righteousness and we would not experience being a new creation nor enjoy the newness of life.

NO MERCY? None would be called because God's purpose would not be to express His gracious mercy in and to us.
Without mercy, no one would experience conversion, regeneration, sanctification or life transformation.

If life was fair, it would be a life void of mercy. Without God's mercy, the world and life would be....death.


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