It’s easy to point out everyone else’s flaws and faults. It’s a lot harder to hold a mirror up to our own souls to see where we’re at fault and where we go wrong.
I think of this often when I hear gossip, or I watch the news, or I stumble upon some scandal on Facebook.
Perfection is an illusion.
No one is immune to mistakes.
Anything stupidly done could easily be done by me (and you).
If not for mercy.
If not for grace.
If not for all the ways Christ extends tender forgiveness regardless.
I’m grateful, are you?
Because let’s be honest, where would any of us be without His grace and mercy?
In wrapping up this three-part question series – via Tim Keller and the Church Leaders blog – today’s set of questions pertain to mercy.
In the same way part one challenged us to confront God’s presence in our lives, and part two challenged us to confront scripture. Today’s challenge is about confronting our appreciation for God’s mercy…….. or is there an appreciation for it?
Do you think about it?
Are you aware of it?
Are you humbled by it?
Is it the lens you use to view the world?
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!). For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 (NLT)
Spend time with the following questions and listen for what the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you.
Evidence Of A Growing Appreciation For God’s Mercy:
- Are you finding God’s grace more glorious and moving now than you have in the past?
- Are you conscious of a growing sense of the evil of your heart, and in response, a growing dependence on and grasp of the preciousness of the mercy of God?