by Pastor Tim Burt
Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'
God wants to do great and mighty things through you, but quit thinking in terms of making the headlines concerning the mighty things He’d have you do. That’s pride. He wants to use you and in doing so, it’s going to be about blessing someone else. There are countless ways He will use you and one such way will be in giving mercy.
The Christian life would not exist without the mercy of God. It has been given to every Christian including you! God’s mercy changed the entire course of your life. His continuous mercy keeps you from being eaten up from the devil’s accusations of your unworthiness and from the pains and feeling of condemnation when you mess up. His mercy continues to work powerfully and daily in our life. Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV says, "Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness."
Jesus revealed that mercy is sown and reaped in Matthew 5:7 (NLT) "God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy." The Apostle Paul reveals how the great and mighty things we'll do in God's behalf are practically worked out in our life in Colossians 3:12 NLT. “Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…”
A short time ago, someone close to me sent me a rude email. It was wrong and it was gnawing at me. At that moment the Holy Spirit brought a verse to my remembrance. Proverbs 19:11 NIV "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense." Then I remembered Proverbs 17:9 NIV which says, "He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
Showing the mercy of God—the same mercy God that He shows us daily, is a mighty thing. It it because it keeps precious relationships intact, it destroys the devil's efforts to wreak havoc in our lives—often stopping him in his tracks, and most importantly, it allows the love of God to keep flowing.
This might seem like a simple truth to you but it is not. It's profound. The world doesn't get it. That is why they torch and destroy each other. Sowing mercy is one of the great and mighty thing that the Lord has shown you! Are you feeling merciful today? God is toward you—today and every day!
1 Tim. 1:16 “But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of His great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in Him and receive eternal life.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt