When we think about the gift given to us through Christ’s death on the cross, we often use the words mercy, grace and forgiveness. Those are good and accurate words. We’ll focus on one each of the next three days. The dictionary defines mercy as “Compassion and kindness shown to someone whom it is in one's power to punish or harm.” Our sin deserves punishment, but God’s in His kindness gives us a second chance through faith in Christ.
Questions for further thought:
1. Do you consider yourself a merciful person? If so, what evidence would support that? If not, why not?
2. Mercy isn’t just shown in actions, but also in attitude. Is there a person or group you struggle to have a merciful attitude toward?
Challenge: Today, take some time to identify any people or groups that, if you were in charge, you would feel are unworthy of mercy. This week do a word search on mercy and grace in the Bible. What does God say about your choices?
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