Friday, March 11, 2011
In A Word: Mercy
Mercy is the police officer letting us off with a warning even though we deserve to be fined or even taken in for our careless driving. Mercy is the bank covering a host of bounced checks and not charging our account over the limit fees despite the fact that it was our fault the account was overdrawn. Mercy is the doctor's office allowing us to keep our place in line to be seen next even though we were more than 10 minutes late and we forgot our health insurance card at home. Mercy is not getting the punishment that we deserve.
Every day we find ourselves in sticky situations of our very own (sometimes willful) doings. We know the punishment that is coming and we hold our breath in dread praying that it will be delivered quickly and painlessly. Just when our anxious nerves can take no more, we find ourselves being given a pardon instead of a punishment. We breathe a sigh of relief, confess and give thanks, and then we're on our way again.
"Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow." We owe our life to Him because of His grace and mercy; because of His crucifixion and resurrection. We have been given Grace (a gift of eternal life we do not deserve) and Mercy (withholding the punishment of death that we do deserve). What gifts! Everlasting life to an undeserving people free of charge! "Oh, praise the One, who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead."
Please join me in watching/singing the song "Jesus Paid It All" available on YouTube.