“Acts Of Mercy”
When King Solomon finished building the Temple (11 years after David had died) he prayed these words, “God, do not reject Your anointed one. Remember Your unfailing love for Your servant David” (2 Chronicles 6:42). The King James Version states, “Remember Your mercies…”. The dedication story of the Temple is worth the time to read in 2 Chron. 6 & 7. In these chapters you’ll discover God pouring His blessings out upon those attending this great event. The words “God’s mercies” (KJV) are very intriguing to me.
When God gives mercy, He is withholding judgement or punishment we deserve. You might not be where you want to be, but because of God’s mercy, you aren’t where you could be! Have you wanted to do something so badly and perhaps had started the process, but at the last minute changed your mind or someone stepped in and stopped you? Have you considered the fact that was God in His loving mercy keeping you from hurting yourself or someone else? God’s grace (giving us things we don’t deserve) and mercy (not giving what we DO deserve) is amazing and regretfully (in my opinion) taken for granted.
If I can get you to spend a little time today to just think about how God in His love has been merciful to you, this writing will have served its purpose. We must also acknowledge, as God extends His mercy upon us, we should be extending mercy upon others. How do we do that? Mercies are handed down every time you do something for another person. Extending an act of kindness even though the person may not deserve it. A smile or kind word, even to a stranger could make a difference. You are a Christian today – not because you deserve to be – but because someone prayed for your salvation. A mother, grandmother or maybe a great, great grandmother. Someone you don’t even know – but you are the answer to their prayers. As Solomon remembered the mercies of God given to his father David, so we should be handing down mercy to others. Who can you encourage today? Who can you go out of your way to help, not because they deserve it – they may not – but because not long ago someone showed you mercy. Who can you pray for today that one day soon they will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Don’t let the mercies given you go to waste, pass them on.