Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Mercy!

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22–23, NLT)

The year is winding down and we are entering into the Christmas season. During this season a lot of us reflect on what has happened, what we’ve said and what we’ve done over the course of the past year. Some of us use the phrases “if only”, “I should have”, “I could have.” In all that, isn’t it good to know that no matter what happened yesterday, no matter what you said, no matter what you did, God’s mercy is new for you today? Mercy is empowering. It frees us to make the right choices and live in a way that is pleasing to God. We should never forget that God is not condemning us. There may be conviction, but that is what keeps us on the right path. I love reading the stories of Paul, a leader who made some bad choices. Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. We are renewed daily because of His mercy and grace. According to His word, it is clear God wants to love and equip us to overcome in this life and live victorious in freedom.

I’m wondering if you need new mercy today like I do. If you do, I pray that you receive it by faith. You don’t have to beg God to forgive you. He forgives you the first time you ask, but it’s up to you to receive that forgiveness. Open your heart today and receive His mercy. Let Him wash over you with His peace and joy. Then choose to extend that mercy to others. Remember, you are God’s agent in your community and workplace. As you show His love and character to others, He’ll pour out His blessing upon you and use you in ways you never dreamed!

This Christmas season why not choose to be a recipient of mercy and also a giver of mercy to others!


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