Thought of the Day February 21, 2019 Jesus shows us mercy

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What Jesus expressed in parable about the mercy of our heavenly Father, he lived in his own life.  The greatest demonstration of mercy in action is seen in the event of Jesus= death and resurrection.  Though innocent and without sin and deserving of love, he received cruel injustice at the hands of man and seeming abandonment by God.  In the words of Paul to the Corinthians: AFor our sake God made him who did not know sin to be sin.@(2 Cor 5:21). Out of love for us the Father asked the Son to take on all of the sins of the world and destroy sin and death through the free gifts of his life for our life.  What an exchange: Sin for grace in mercy, death for life and freedom! Not receiving any justice, Jesus showed us Mercy.

Each person is a child of God with dignity and worth that is only God-given. Sometimes, that dignity is tarnished through personal sin or because of the sins of others inflicted on us. In any case, shame and guilt makes it hard to see our true worth. In our misery we need mercy, which begins with an awareness of God’s forgiveness.  We don’t deserve mercy nor can we merit mercy. It is a gratuitous gift from God, who gives us not what we deserve but what we are in desperation for to truly survive.

Paul states it beautifully in his Letter to the Ephesians: “You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.(Ephesians 2:1-7) (To be continued)

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