God's Mercy Is Great

   There was a time in David's life that he displeased God for ordering that a census of Israel to be done. Now inevitably this was the work of Satan, for Satan "incited David to number Israel" (1 Chronicles 21:1). Not long after, God sent Gad, David's seer or prophet, to give him three options as discipline for this act. David chose option three, "three days days of the sword to the LORD, pestilence on the land" (1 Chronicles 21:12).

  What made David choose that option? David reasoned that it was better to fall into the hands of God rather the hands of man. He stated, "I am in great distress. Let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercy is very great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man."

  It is better to fall in the judgment of God than to fall into the judgment of man. For man is full of meanness. Man can be often unkind. Man can be malevolent. Man can be merciless.

  Not God. He is merciful. If one has the option of falling into the hands of men or of God, choose God. He is full of compassion towards His offenders. God forgives where men do not. God extends grace where man extends revenge. God is lenient where man is cruel.

  Mercy is the very nature of God. In Deuteronomy 4:31, it tells us, "the LORD you God is a merciful God." In Psalm 103:8, "The LORD is merciful and gracious..." And in Daniel 9:9, we discover that mercy belongs to Him, "to the LORD our God belong mercy and forgiveness." God cannot help but to be merciful. It is His nature. Merciful is who He is.

   His mercy is "very great." God is merciful to the highest degree. The mercy of God is considerably powerful! His mercy is immense, vast, strong and extravagant. His mercy is rich (Eph. 2:4,5). His mercy is never ending (Lamentations 3:22,23). God's mercy is so considerably vast, it "is over all that He has made" (Ps. 145:9). Yes, God's "mercy is very great".

   The greatest example of God's great mercy is that He gave up His Son for each of us while we were dead in sin. Because God is "rich in mercy" He "made us alive with Christ" though "we were dead in the trespasses and sins" ((Eph. 2:1,4 & 5). According to Titus 3:5 mercy is the reason by which God saved us,  "he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirht and renewal by the Holy Spirit." We are rescued from sin, not because we are righteous, because He is merciful.

   Since we are saved because of God is merciful, we too must be merciful, for Jesus teaches us, "Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful" (Luke6:36). God was merciful to us while we were enemies of His, and we are called to do likewise. Jesus would have us to "love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you....and as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them." (Luke 6:27,28 & 31). This is the way of Christ. For the follower of Christ, there is no other way.

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