“May my children always ‘be merciful, as [their] Father is merciful’” (Luke 6:36)
Mercy is a not a word I am very familiar with. I tend to get it confused with grace and I’ve honestly never taken much time to look into the meaning of it. So, I’ve spent a lot of time this morning on the Internet trying to gain a better understanding.
I was quite surprised to find zero Biblical references on Google. Instead I found a Kanye West song, Mercy Medical Clinics, a TV show and a college to name a few. So, I went on a search through the best resource, God’s Word. The word mercy is used over 126 times throughout the Bible (NIV). There are very similar themes from the Old to New Testament. I started reading through the references and although I don’t know what I was expecting, I was surprised by what I found. The majority of the verses throughout were people asking/begging for mercy or referencing how Father showed mercy. It seemed to be something, dare I say, unattainable for humans? It leads me to wonder if we, as sinners, are capable of true mercy… the kind that Christ shows us? In the end I am left excited to start a new journey. It’s time I delve into more Scripture and books in hopes of a better knowledge and understanding.
With that, I’m going to leave you with one my favorite verses that speak of mercy, Micah 6:8: ”He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald