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Reflections ... onMERCY

| (1) From "Inherit the Kingdom: Meditations on The Sermon on the Mount," by F. B. Meyer, Victor Books, SP Publica­tions, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois; originally titled "The Directory of the Devout Life," Fleming H. Revell, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1904. (2) © 1986 Sharon Lee Roberts. (3) From "Meditations on Matthew," by Walter H. Brovald, © 1977 Walter H. Brovald, The Gryphon Press, St. Paul, Minnesota. (4) © 1986 Jean Dusting. (5) ©1986 Denise Peterson. (6) © 1986 Madonna Yates. (7) From "The Release of the Spirit," by Watchman Nee, © 1965 Sure Foundation, More, Indianapolis, Indiana. (8) From "Day by Day With D. L. Moody," selected by Emma Moody Fitt, Moody Press, Chicago, Illinois. Selections are used by permission |

The eyes of mercy are deep with compassionate glances, full of tears, the homes of prayer; the feet of mer­cy are soft in their tread, for they will not break the bruised reed nor quench the smoldering spark in the dimly burning flax; the voice of mer­cy is generous to the fallen, gentle to the weak and gracious to the of­fender; from the heart of mercy soothing balm flows to the wounds of sinners, of sufferers and of the world (F. B. Meyer). x

Not an even trade—mercy for sin. And yet Jesus made it, reconciling that which he loved most—his human creation—to himself, that we who would believe and accept it would be called God's sons and daughters (Sharon Lee Roberts).2

Only the mercy of God's grace saves us from our having to pay the wages of sin (Walter H. Brovald).3

The centrality of our Christian faith is the love of God exhibited on the cross of Calvary—an uncondi­tional love totally unmerited. How remarkable and reassuring that nothing can wedge itself between the love of God and the saint (Jean Dusting).4

There was a time I didn't know that God's mercy even existed. Then I heard how Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead for our sins. Without God's mercy I would have remained a condemned soul, without hope and without provision of choice to accept or reject Jesus. It is God's mercy and compassion that gives sinful people the opportunity to re­ceive the invitation to be forgiven and inherit eternal life (Denise Pe­terson).6

When we are battered by life, we want a merciful God to pick us up from the roadside and carry us to an inn. We want our hunger and thirst quenched, our wounds bound and a comfortable place to recuperate from the blows of the wicked. Can we give less and call it mercy? Mer­cy is more than casual kindness. Mercy demands commitment (Ma­donna Yates).6

Our spirit is given to us by God to enable us to respond to him. But the outward man is ever responding to things without, thus depriving us of the presence of God. We cannot destroy all the things without, but we can break down the outward man. Whenever anything happens, our outward man will respond; thus we are not able to enjoy God's pres­ence in peace.

If, through the mercy of God, our outward man has been broken, we may be thus characterized: Yester­day we were full of curiosity, but to­day it is impossible to be curious. Formerly our emotions could be easi­ly aroused, either stirring our love, the most delicate emotion, or pro­voking our temper, the crudest. But now, no matter how many things crowd upon us, our inward man re­mains unmoved, the presence of God unchanged, and our inner peace un­ruffled (Watchman Nee).7

The thief had nails through both hands, so that he could not work; and a nail through each foot, so that he could not run errands for the Lord; he could not lift a hand or a foot toward his salvation, and yet Christ offered him the gift of God; and he took it. Christ threw him a passport, and took him into Paradise (D. L. Moody).8

DECISION October 1986

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