November 12, Mercy Dispenser

Today’s reading: Psalms 56-60

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed” - Psalm 57:1.

You can never underestimate your need for mercy. You are not saved by mercy and then required to keep your salvation through meticulous Law-keeping. Your life requires mercy just like it does oxygen, water, and food, for without mercy, you lose the most important aspect of life — your relationship with the Lord. Mercy is what brings you to God, and mercy is what maintains that relationship. Therefore, you should live a life of mercy, both receiving and giving it freely. Jesus taught a parable about a servant who had been forgiven a huge debt but then refused to have mercy on his fellow servant:

Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed (Matthew 18:32-34).

Are you a dispenser of mercy? Do you remember that God has had mercy on you yesterday and today, and will do so tomorrow? Upon whom can you have mercy today, not because they deserve it, but because you have been the recipient of it?


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