But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
The definition of “mercy” is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. In other words, mercy is something that is given even when it isn’t deserved. It is a true act of love and selflessness.
I don’t naturally think of myself as someone that needs mercy. Convicted convicts need mercy. Terrorists need mercy. Pedophiles need mercy. However, as established earlier in the text, we ALL are in need of God’s mercy! Just go for a drive in down town Milwaukee. I know that I am guilty of withholding mercy to other drivers around me, just as I am completely undeserving of mercy with my, at times, selfish driving.
God’s expectation of us is to show the same mercy to others as he shows to us
Because of our sinful nature, mercy is not easy to give and is an unnatural process. When someone has wronged us, rather than turning to mercy we turn to judgement. However, God does not expect us to do for others what he has not already done for us! Notice that this portion of scripture is in the past tense. The mercy has already been shown, and grace has already been given! What an incredible gift that we are able to share.
Showing mercy is a beautiful reflection of our faith. May God help us to reflect the love and mercy he has shown us through the ultimate sacrifice: the death of his one and only son for the forgiveness of all sins!
Christian Worship 505
Love Is the Gracious Gift
Love is the gracious gift of your goodness;
Love is the patient fruit of your care;
Love is the gentle work of your Spirit,
Who is the source of love ev’rywhere.
Heavenly Father, although I am dead in my sin, you continue to shower me with your great love and mercy. Help me to reflect your love and mercy to others, so that others may see your through my words and actions. Amen.
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