Rich in Mercy


If I am honest with myself, oftentimes when it comes to others, I want justice, but when it comes to me; I want mercy. However, Micah tells me that I am to love mercy (Micah 6:8, NKJV).

Do I? Other than for myself?

Jesus loved mercy (Matt. 5:7). Jesus was mercy. In the Bible, if Jesus was involved, mercy was involved.

With Peter who denied Him, with Paul who persecuted His people, with the woman caught in adultery, with the very people driving the cold nails into His body – mercy, mercy, mercy.

Like His Father, Jesus is rich in mercy (Eph. 2:4). Rich, man. Rico. Abundant. Full. Strongs calls it “God’s muchness.”

I could be rich in a lot of things; compassion, loyalty, or honesty. But instead, I am rich in self-obsession, rich in criticism, and rich in worry. I’m awfully poor when it comes to mercy.

Wouldn’t it be something to be rich in mercy? Wouldn’t you like a spouse like that? Or an employee like that? Or a best friend like that? One that is wealthy in mercy?

New life goal: be richer in mercy. Be more like Jesus, who was swimming in mercy, who was rolling in mercy, who was loaded with mercy, who was stinking rich in mercy.

Wouldn’t that be something?

Wouldn’t you like to join me?


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