The Gift of Mercy

I was thinking about Christmas and all the gifts we give to each other and I begin to think about all the gifts God has given us, including his son Jesus Christ. In my morning prayer time, I began to just thank him for the different gifts he has given me, but I got stuck on mercy. The definition of mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone when it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

I began to think about all the times he has shown mercy on me and never once did I deserve his mercy. He showed mercy on me as a sinner and he is still showing mercy on me today as a Christian. I continue to fail him daily, yet his mercy continues to cover me.   His mercy broke the chains, the devil used to bind me, to set me free. Through his mercy he took me from where I was and put me on solid ground. I am thankful and amazed that he would think I was worth his mercy then or now. Thank you, Jesus, for having mercy on me!

I was reading in Luke chapter 17 this morning where Jesus healed 10 men with lepers when they asked that he have mercy on them. After he cleansed them it says only one came back with a loud voice glorifying God, and fell down on his face at Jesus’s feet, giving thanks to him. How many times has God shown us his mercy that we did not come back and fall at his feet giving glory and thanks to him? We take his mercy for granite sometimes knowing that Jesus Christ was shown no mercy on that cross for you and me.

When you pray today, take the time to thank God for the mercy he has shown you in the past, showing you in the present, and is going to show you in the future.

Thank each of you for reading and I hope you have a great day in Jesus Christ!!

Merry Christmas!

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