God is Faithful in Mercy

June Pastor’s Chat

Last month we considered God’s faithfulness during chastening which does not seem “to be joyous, but grievous”; but thankfully, “afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness” (Hebrews 12:11).  During these heart-changing times it is a comfort to know that God’s will is that we experience the peaceable fruit of righteousness after learning to obey.  Furthermore, it is only by the faithfulness of God’s mercy that we even have the chance to learn obedience. God’s mercy gives us hope as Jeremiah proclaimed in Lamentations 3:21-23: “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

Having been bound by the sins in which I persisted by my own choice and self-justification, I know that I deserve the full and immediate wrath of God. When I see my sins as God sees them, I know that it is of the Lord’s mercies that I am not consumed, for I am guilty of the sins of Romans chapter one: “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (vs.29-32).  There would be no hope for me except for the faithful and merciful truth of Romans 5:8-9, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”  I stand amazed that God would save a wretch like me through faith in the Redeemer (Romans 1-5).

Eternally thankful, Pastor Mark

Selected Verses on God’s Faithful Mercy

Romans 9:15-18, “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.”

Romans 11:30-32, “For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.”

1 Timothy 1:13, “Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.”

Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

Hebrew 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

James 5:11, “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Jude 1:21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

 

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