They are two simple words, but they pack a wealth of meaning. When we sin, Jesus doesn’t give us what we deserve. He treats us with mercy. He forgives us. He gently guides us toward what is right, showing us what it means to have a heart that seeks after Him.
Instead of giving us what we deserve, God has shown mercy again and again, not to take away our responsibility, but to give us a chance to repent. Repentance is the act of regretting sincerely the sin in your past with the goal to never do it again. It is making a decision to turn away from evil and to serve God. Repentance is one of the requirements for the forgiveness of sins. (Mark 2:17; Luke 15:10; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 3:19; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Peter.
When Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount, he summarized the biblical teaching in these simple words, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matt. 5:7).The seven spiritual works of mercy show that mercy is more than just forgiving offenses willingly; it can also include instructing the ignorant and counseling the doubtful.
Today some folks are celebrating the Divine Mercy of the Lord. Divine Mercy Sunday is a very special Sunday when the Divine Floodgates from Heaven are wide-opened and Jesus offers us the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment to any soul,
We are essentially asking him to relieve us of a heart that is in misery. Mercy should also be at the heart of our giving. Generosity is a form of having mercy on others.
Mercy is real. Hold that today.