Written by His Grace,

Kevin K. OíConnor

Jan 30, 2003

 

Main Thought: To grow in appreciation for the beautiful attribute of Godís Mercy

 

Blessed are the merciful

 

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

 

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD , and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. (Whole Chapter: Isaiah 55 In context: Isaiah 55:6-8)

Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. (Whole Chapter: Hosea 6 In context: Hosea 6:5-7)

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Whole Chapter: Micah 6 In context: Micah 6:7-9)

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. (Whole Chapter: Micah 7 In context: Micah 7:17-19)

 

I donít know about you, but I sure am glad for time and what it does for our character. Itís amazing how much we think we know as youth being full of Godís gift of health and life but not too full of wisdom. Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head. (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 20 In context: Proverbs 20:28-30) Another way of saying it is the beauty of old men is their wisdom.

My job is one where I work on computers which can be very frustrating to wrestle with when youíve got work that needs to be done and yours is giving you problems. I also happen to work with those who like to resolve their own problems and so theyíll come across a computer issue and spend much time trying to resolve it and then finally come to me in frustration and most times I can fix it in a matter of seconds. And then Iíll say ďthis is my job and why bang your head against the wall trying to figure it out when Iíve already done that?Ē We as people tend to grow into wisdom because we didnít come born with it. And you know, when we see those around us wrestling with those things that God has seen us through, we can look at them with a whole lot more compassion and mercy with their own struggles.

This must be why God has left within His Word for us all to see even the failures of His dearly loved children. Two examples are King David who loved God dearly and fell so very hard in the sin of adultery and Moses whom God used to deliver His people from Egypt and who struck the rock in anger when told to speak to the rock. Wisdom doesnít necessarily need to be learned through personal failure but can be learned through looking and listening to those around us.

Itís amazing that as we mature and grow in wisdom how much more compassion and mercy we have for those struggling around us. So, is it any wonder how God Himself is full of Compassion and Mercy toward us seeing that He is above the sin that weíve allowed to become a part of our nature?Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. (Whole Chapter: Psalm 145 In context: Psalm 145:7-9) We can only imagine the pain we put our Heavenly Fatherís heart through because of our lack of listening to His Word that tries to steer us clear of heartache and pain. The whole human race can be very very grateful that Godís reign is not only one of righteousness, but also of mercy; Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness. (Whole Chapter: Isaiah 16 In context: Isaiah 16:4-6) And, although God is Holy and Righteous, It was His Merciful Heart that ached to give us a way of escape from the bonds of sin that we allowed ourselves to get snared into.

Every time I feel a new ache in this old body of clay or I see the heartache that is in this world I remind myself that is not of Our Lord but of our own choosing. Praise be to Him for His Loving Heart that reaches out to save us not only from ourselves but also from this world of sorrow. Thank God for the way of escape He has provided us from being slaves to the sin nature we were born with; 1 Corinthians 10 13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Every beautiful characteristic of God is in perfect balance and harmony with each and every other characteristic. I see God as being the perfect balance of all things. Heís not only the beginning but also the ending of all things. Heís not only infinitely Holy and over all things, Heís also our Dad. Heís not only the Giver of Joy but also the Great Judge who will reward each and every person not only with pleasures but also with torments, Heís not only preparing mansions of beauty for those who will choose His Son (the way of escape from our sins), but also fire and torment for those who refuse Him. Everything that is or ever will be has and will have its existence in Him. I believe that God is wanting to pour much of Himself into many souls in these last days. But, for God to remain true to Himself (and He will) He can only do so if we will hunger and thirst for righteousness; Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Whole Chapter: Matthew 5 In context: Matthew 5:5-7) I believe that God stands ready to pour out incredible blessings upon His people but we need to hear His call to awaken. Godís right Hand, Jesus, (Psalm 17 7 Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.) has fulfilled the righteousness of Godís nature for us. Now, the Almighty, Righteous, Holy nature of God has been fulfilled in Christ that in Him we may now share in the Mercy of God. God would not be able to show us the merciful nature of His Heart if the Righteous nature of His Heart wasnít satisfied in the sacrifice of His Son. Isaiah 53:9-11 9   And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10   Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11   He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Iím so grateful for the merciful nature of our Loving Heavenly Father. And, Iím so very grateful that our elder Brother Jesus has fulfilled the Righteous requirement of His Fatherís Heart that He may now show us His mercy. May we learn how to enter in to the Joyís of His Love and Grace that now await us! Philippians 2 1   If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2   Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3   Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4   Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5   Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6   Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7   But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8   And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9   Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10   That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11   And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Praise God The Father, Praise Christ the Son, and Praise God the Holy Spirit! Jesus Is Lord! He has fulfilled the Requirement of Righteousness, What the law could not do, Christ has done! Praise be to Him now and forevermore! Thank God for His Mercy, now freely as we have received, may we freely give.

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