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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Deuteronomy 7:9 (Pt. 4) Thought/Prayer: Acceptance in Mercy. Topics: 2 at end.

“And thou shalt know that the Lord thy God, he is a strong and faithful God, keeping his covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments, unto a thousand generations: . . . ”  DRA http://www.bible.com (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

When we think of that sweet word, Mercy, what comes to mind?  A bestowal of a soft touch from God?  Something ethereal and comforting?  Very possibly so.

But there is possibly, also, another aspect of mercy to be touted as wonderful from God:  Acceptance.  When God gives us His mercy, is there not possibly a bit of acceptance there also?  How can He show us mercy if He does not think we are worthy of receiving it?

Of course, none of us is worthy of His mercy or anything else about our God.  We sinned; he redeemed us through Christ; and that is the greatest gift of the ages.  He is so holy and we are so anti-holy by nature, that we should never expect anything good from Him toward us.

We don’t expect it.  We don’t expect either mercy or acceptance.  And perhaps that is the most beautiful way to appreciate both of these qualities.  His mercy: His acceptance.  They’re unexpected and therefore double in meaning.

When we are helping families in crises with surprise pregnancies; old folks getting older always; disease trying to overtake life, let us take in God’s mercy toward us and then show them how He can have mercy on them also.  We show them our acceptance of them as individuals, just as God does us.  And, as we show them our appreciation for God, His mercy and acceptance, maybe they will be able to grasp onto these . . . onto God . . . and let Him love on them, as we say.  There is often a lot of guilt (true [but sometimes false]) involved with LIFE crises.  Let us show mercy toward these struggling ones, and they will see Him, hopefully, through us.

Lord, help us to make a concerted effort to portray Your mercy to hurting people.  Let us bask in it because our appreciation of it – and then, Lord, let it show its self, along with acceptance, to others.  Then they will see You through the mercy we receive – and that they can receive the same, when they know You.

Topics:  Pray for God’s mercy and acceptance to show through us to others.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 09/29 at 01:38 AM
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