Oh, Mercy

Forbearance
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Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us….
Psalm 123:3a (NIV)

Mercy (mur-see) n. 1. compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence. 2. the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, especially to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty. 3. something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing.

Sometimes we lose sight of what words really mean. Throughout God’s Message I read cries for mercy and calls for mercy. I regularly plead for God’s mercy. But, do I ever really stop to consider what that really means? I read the three definitions pasted above and find in each of them a slightly different but wholly apt nuance of the word.

I need God’s compassionate and kindly forbearance because despite my best efforts I keep testing God’s patience with my repeated offenses, my moral faults and my personal shortcomings.

I need God’s discretionary power to pardon and mitigate just punishment for my condemnable thoughts, words, acts and omissions.

I desire daily evidence of divine favor and blessing.

At the same instance, I am reminded this morning of Jesus’ words, “blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

I need to show compassion and kindly forbearance towards those who have offended me.

I need to pardon those who have perpetrated hurtful thoughts, words, and actions towards me.

I need to give tangible favor and blessing to others who do not deserve it.

This morning I prepare for the day mindful of the truth that it is totally improper of me to pray for God’s mercy if I am unwilling to show mercy to others.

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2 thoughts on “Oh, Mercy”

  1. 4 We have had more than our fill of the scoffing of the proud
    and the contempt of the arrogant.

    I don’t know Richard Sherman, d-back for the Seahawks at all. He might be a decent guy. Over the weekend, however, the sound bites of his interview post-game led me to think he’s kind of an arrogant idiot. I have since read an article he wrote that gave me a bit more background into the story and his passion, but arrogance is something that just really doesn’t sit well with me. “More than our fill” seems to be a sentiment that runs true for me. I can only take so much, before my meter peaks and I change the channel. I have been talking with my kids about humility and servant-heartedness. It goes so much farther in this world. God, help me to be the humble servant I am trying to teach my kids to be.

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