THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
TRUE MERCY - 6
The intent of true mercy is to bring us to salvation. “Show
us, Lord, your mercy; grant us your salvation.” (Ps
85:8). Mercy and salvation are intimately connected. Thus
it is false mercy that shows pity and compassion to sinners,
accepting them wholeheartedly, but not speaking of their sin.
How can they then turn away from their sin? In fact, being
accepted, they can become comfortable in their sin.
mercy is about our being forgiven for sin as we repent, and
being no longer under condemnation and divine punishment.
“You forgave the guilt of your people, pardoned all
their sins. You withdrew all your wrath, turned back from
your burning anger.” (Ps 85:3-4). To be pardoned and
extended mercy, we must turn away from our sin.
mercy reconciles us with God, and ultimately brings us to
heaven. “Restore us, God of our salvation; let go of
your displeasure with us.” (Ps 85:5). True mercy restores
us to authentic life in Christ, bringing us from out of darkness
and condemnation, to a new life of peace and joy as God intends
for His people. “Certainly you will again restore our
life, that your people may rejoice in you.” (Ps 85:7).
is rich in mercy. We are fortunate to have such a God. “Who
is a God like you, who removes guilt and pardons sin for the
remnant of his inheritance; who does not persist in anger
forever, but instead delights in mercy, and will again have
compassion on us, treading underfoot our iniquities?”
(Mi 7:18-19a). Let us respond by embracing the fullness of
the mercy of God, turning from lives of sin and entering into
deeper faith in Him.