Because Jesus died on the cross and rose again, I have received mercy. What mercy have I received? By definition, mercy is kindness or compassionate treatment; relief from suffering. Before I knew Jesus as my Savior, I was a condemned person. Romans 3:23 tells us that we are all sinners before a holy God. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 6:23 tells us that sin has to be atoned or paid for and Jesus paid the price for my sin and treated me mercifully. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I did nothing to deserve His act of mercy towards me. Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 Peter 1:9-10 explains this state of mercy I received because of Jesus in a beautiful way. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. How glorious it is to be the recipient of God’s mercy. He treats me with His loving kindness and rescued me from eternal condemnation.
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for giving and treating me with your eternal mercy and loving kindness. Open my eyes today to receive your marvelous light and treat others as you have treated me. Amen.
Suggestion: Try to grab hold of God’s mercy today in a new way. Pray for an opportunity to do a random act of kindness or mercy towards someone. That means look for ways to act with kindness/mercy when it would be unexpected, like going out of your way to help someone without them even asking for help. Be open to giving out mercy in God’s name today.