The 1st of March 2017.
Welcome to the third month of 2017 (ALREADY!!!).
Each time we reach a new month, we seem to look back at the distance we’ve travelled since the beginning of the year.
The first day of the month is always a good opportunity to stop, look back and evaluate what has happened in our lives, in the year so far.
Some of you may look back with joy and a sense of pride, because you’ve achieved both the expected and even unexpected.
Others may feel contrasting emotions; disappointment and hurt, because things haven’t gone according to how you would have liked.
To the people that fall into the latter category, can you guess what I’m going to say next?
Yep! I’m going to tell you,
Now understand me, I don’t say this to make you falsely feel better about yourself, or feel like you can settle for less, or drop the standards you have created for yourself.
I don’t say this in order to validate any excuses you made in place of some of the achievements that you ought to have obtained, and neither do I say this to make you feel like it’s fine to not reach your goals and just drop them halfway, but I say this to remind you of the beautiful…
Grace and MERCY
…of the Most High God.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
I need you to remember this verse when the world tells you it’s too late or you’ve gone too far – remember that you can always still approach the throne, and remember that He who sits on that throne, is rich in mercy…
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
Now I know we all love Grace so much – the unmerited favour of the Most High God, but today I want us to explore MERCY a bit more – what is it and what does the bible say about it?
Mercy; (according to the Oxford dictionary)
- Compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm
- An event to be grateful for, because it prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering.
Now the bible, having read the the two verses above, encourages us to approach God and ask for mercy (compassion or forgiveness) when we are in need, and it gives us the confidence to do this, because we’re told He is rich, overflowing, saturated in mercy.
The bible also tells us that;
“The Lord is merciful and loving,
slow to become angry and full of constant love.“
So what does this mean for us?
Well firstly it doesn’t mean that we should go around intentionally messing things up, or not trying our best, in the hope that God will have compassion on our careless behaviour, because though He is slow to anger, He also is not a fool (Galatians 6:7) and will not be mocked.
Thankfully, what it does mean, is that a God who is ‘constant in love‘, is telling you that He won’t withdraw His compassion from you just because you make a mistake/wrong decision.
This means therefore that we shouldn’t think it’s over just because it didn’t work the first time.
It means we shouldn’t write ourselves off and beat ourselves up about things we may have done wrong, or failed to do.
It means, yes, we got things wrong/made mistakes/misjudged situations, but there are steps we can take to ensure growth and improvement from the circumstance –
1) Being remorseful where appropriate,
2) Learning the lesson in that season,
3) Praying for the Spirit of God to completely overtake our fleshly desires which cause us to fall (Galatians 5:13-26).
The Mercy of God is here for each and everyone of us, giving us the ability to start afresh and get it right with the wisdom of God and be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).
The Mercy of God is what reduces what seems like a massive error to you, to absolutely nothing, because He trusts you to take this new chance, and do it with His will in mind, and therefore do it better.
I’m praying for a March of Mercy for us all…
Let us say these few lines of prayer together:
Wherever I have gone wrong, Father help me to put things right.
Whenever I have given up, Father help me to get back on track, and keep pushing.
Whatever good I have unknowingly let go of, Father allow me to meet with it again and grab hold of it and make proper use of it this time.
However I have fallen out of Your will, and/or done things that aren’t of Christ, Father empower me to get back up, put on Your armor and walk the walk I ought to walk with Christ Jesus.
March, be Good to me…
in Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Keep the Faith, Don’t Stop Believing
God Bless you.