Friday, August 22, 2008

Words of Encouragement

How vast are the areas of the mountains?  The are far greater than my little mind can understand.  God took the time to fashion the mountains with their slendor and beauty.  If he took such time with the mountains, how much more does he take with his people?  God extends to us his mercy so that we can make it.  Shouldn't we be willing to extend the mercy of God to someone else so they too can see a glimpse of the vastness of God's beauty? (picture taken at a rest stop in PA)

Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. - Psalm 28:6

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

God's Way. He Gives Mercy So That We Can Show Mercy. It is so wonderful to know that I can cry out to God to forgive me for any thing that I have done that has not been pleasing to him.  I can cry out for him to show mercy to me not because I deserve it, but because of his love he freely gives it.  See, you and I do not deserve mercy (that's why its called mery).  We can never do enough, be good enough or try hard enough to deserve his mercy.

God gives mercy to whom he chooses.  What then is our requirement when we have received from God mercy?  We are to become lovers of mercy.  Not just for ourselves.  We are to become lovers of being merciful.  We forgive when the individual hasn't even asked.  We extend a hand when others would not.  We go the extra mile when some want even take the first step.

Lord, today we seek you to help us be better lovers of mercy.  You have given to us your mercy over and over again.  For they are new every morning. So Lord help us to be more like you and be willing to extend mercies new every morning to someone because you have extended it to us.