THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
TRUE MERCY - 5
Today’s reading: Psalm 141:1-8
There are those in our Church today who want to extend mercy
and compassion to those in need of these, but in so doing,
not speak of their sin. This is the approach of political
correctness. It is not wanting to offend but just be welcoming.
This is false mercy.
mercy is always an invitation to repentance for sin. If we
do not speak of one’s sin, how will he ever come to
know his true situation before God? How can he be brought
to repentance, which restores him to God? The psalmist had
it right, as he prayed: “Let a righteous person strike
me; it is mercy if he reproves me.” (v.5a).
intent of speaking about sin, as part of being merciful, is
to restore the sinner. It is false mercy if we are nice to
and we accompany a person but by not speaking the truth, allow
that person to remain in sin. We need to help people recognize
their sinful situation, and desire to be delivered from their
sin. “Do not let my heart incline to evil, to perform
deeds in wickedness. On the delicacies of evildoers let me
not feast.” (v.4). Too many people become comfortable
in their sin, and political correctness and niceness reinforce
their notion that their sin is acceptable.
clearly about sin is about what happens to a person’s
soul for all eternity. Persistence in serious sin leads to
perdition. Repentance and bringing one’s focus back
to God lead to salvation. “For my eyes are upon you,
O Lord, my Lord; in you I take refuge; do not take away my