MERCY is indeed divine. It is in God’s nature to be merciful because GOD IS LOVE and it takes a heart of love to show mercy. God’s mercy is rooted in His Love nature. One profound trait that is necessary to show mercy is the ability to FORGIVE. God is a loving God who remembers our sins no more once we repent and He releases His mercy to us generously. What an amazing God!
Psalm 33:16-22 says, “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.”
Without God’s mercy our strongest human defense is bound to fail. God wants us to reach out and cry for His mercy. Indeed, in times of trouble when we are faced with difficulties like sickness, oppression, calamities or even death, God can deliver us when we cry for His mercy.
Mercy means to be compassionate; to pardon someone; an act of kindness or divine favour and blessing. Mercy is a gift from God and it is not earned. Romans 9:16 say So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. When the mercy of God is released on your life you may actually be the least qualified. Mercy can take you faster and higher than toiling or effort. Mercy can remove barriers that slow down your manifestations in life.
THE NATURE OF DIVINE MERCY
1. The mercy of God endureth forever.
Psalm 136: 1-2 “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
2. Mercy and truth purges iniquity.
Proverbs 16:6 “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. In the story of Zaccheaus due to the mercy he received when Jesus came to his house he repented of extortion.”
3. God is plenteous in mercy.
Psalm 86:5 “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”
4. God shows mercy at his prerogative or discretion.
Romans 9:15, “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.”
5. Mercy releases glory.
2Chronicles 5: 13-14 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”
6. By mercy we are HEALED.
Psalm 6:2 “Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?
Blind Bartimeaus was healed.”
7. By mercy we are delivered from intimidation and oppression.
Psalm 56:1 “Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.”
8. Mercy preserves.
Proverbs 20:28 “Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.”
HOW DO I ACCESS THE MERCY OF GOD?
a) When you have the fear of God, Luke 1:50 “And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.”
b) Have the love of God and be obedient to His word. Deut 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
c) Cry or Ask God for mercy.
Luke 17:13 “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. Blind Bartimaeus also cried for mercy and he received, his sight back.”
d) Favour brings mercy.
Isaiah 60:10 “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.”
Psalm 102:13 KJV “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.”
e) Hope brings mercy.
Psalm 33:18 and 22 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.”
We are to emulate the nature of God in showing mercy to others. I pray that we all receive the grace to be merciful even in difficult situations in Jesus name.
Peace, joy and abundance.