Reflecting God’s Mercy

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As followers of Christ, we are invited to not only follow Him, but to reflect His glory upon the world around us (see 2 Corinthians 3:17-18). And even though our first inclination may be to judge others’ immoral behavior, it’s always good to pause and consider Ephesians 2:4 in a deeper way. 

The Life Application Study Bible note on this verse says, 

We were dead in our sins, but God. . . . We were rebels against him, but God. . . . We were enslaved by the devil and our sinful natures, but God. . . . These may be the two most welcome words in all of Scripture: “but God.” God could have left us spiritually dead, in rebellion against him and in bondage to our sins. But he didn’t. He did not save us because of, but rather in spite of, what he saw in us. In addition to thanking him for what he has done for us, we should also show humble patience and tolerance for others who seem unworthy or undeserving of our love and compassion. They may be spiritually dull, rebellious, and even antagonistic toward God. So were we; but God loved us anyway. Can we do less for fellow sinners?

READING & PRAYERS:

     EPHESIANS 2:1-10, 2 CORINTHIANS 3:17-18, JONAH 1:1-3

God has shown you grace and mercy without measure. In what ways may God be inviting you to reflect this same level of grace and mercy upon others who are far from Him? 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess there are times in my life when I am like Jonah. Instead of following through on Your invitation to reflect Your love and mercy to others, I withdraw. Instead of thinking of others, I give in to my self-centered tendencies. Help me, this day and every day, to share the Good News of Your love and mercy with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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