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Daily Reading: 28th August 2016

 

Matthew 5.7 cont.

Oh the blessings of the merciful, because they will be shown mercy.

In Joel 2.12-15 we see another example of mourning, and this is also in relation to repentance.:

[12] That is why the LORD says, “Turn to Me now, while there is time! Give Me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

[13] Don’t tear your clothing in your grief; instead, tear your hearts.” Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you – (NLT).

It is good for us to consider the relationship between repentance and mercy.

There is another Hebrew word that is also translated as mercy, and it is:

Racham and it means:

bowels, compassion, damsel, mercy, pity, tender love, womb (possibly a mother’s love for her children, and or family loyalty).

It is used in Deuteronomy 4.3, and the context is our Heavenly Father forbidding idolatry.

For the LORD your God is merciful—He will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant He made with your ancestors – (NLT).

In a world where there are so many religions, philosophies, and devotion to worldliness it is still a relevant message: we all need to forsake anything that prevents us from focusing on Jesus.

In Psalm 78.38 the Psalmist (Asaph) sought to persuade his readers to recount the mighty act of God, which included His merciful dealing with the people of Israel:

Yet He was merciful and forgave their sins and didn’t destroy them all. Many a time He held back His anger and did not unleash His fury! – (NLT)

It is always good for us to also consider the great things that God has done for us, especially in Jesus

Jonah was a prophet who knew the grace, compassion, and mercy of God, yet it made him angry:

Jonah 4.1-2:

[4:1] This change of plans upset Jonah, and he became very angry.

[2] So he complained to the LORD about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that You would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that You were a gracious and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. I knew how easily You could cancel Your plans for destroying these people – (NLT).

Jonah was not happy that God had forgiven the people of Nineveh, because they responded to his preaching by repentance.

We must always rejoice with all who repent and so enter into the mercy and compassion of God.

 

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