“Mercy for others will reveal your ongoing need for mercy, driving you to the end of yourself and into the arms of your merciful Savior.” -Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies Devotional
I read these words this morning and my heart just about burst with thanksgiving. It reminded me of the verse in Luke, “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven – for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Is this not marvelous? Such a reminder to remember how much we have been forgiven and to be merciful every opportunity we are given. Is this easy? Absolutely not, but it becomes easier with practice. Take a look back over your life and remind yourself of the many, many times God has forgiven you and given you another chance. It is astonishing and extremely humbling. We may never understand the offense, but we can choose to forgive again and again. For the Lord also said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7). I am in great need of mercy daily and for that I am ever thankful to serve a merciful Savior.