Num. 12:3 π Mk. 10:31 π Rom. 9:18 π 2 Cor. 4:17
“Therefore He has mercy on He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.” ( Rom. 9:18; top )
We do not automatically become surrendered, merciful Christians after the experience of the new birth through accepting Jesus into our hearts. God must start a purging process.
We have had so very few examples of true Godly mercy in our Christian lives as the Church world of today is mostly ruled by the flesh, and the flesh fights the spirit of mercy being formed in our lives.
All of us need God’s mercy in big doses daily.
When we see the necessity of seeking the mercy of God and ask for it, it will be received either sovereignly from God or through our local congregation and pastor if they have it to give. However, God desires our lives to dispense His mercy to others’ lives daily.
The big battle for us is to subject ourselves to God so that He can produce His mercy (not ours) in and through us to others. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” ( 2 Cor. 4:17; top )
Jesus healed everyone His Father told Him to heal because He had the mercy of His Father in totality operating through Him. Ultimately it is by God’s great mercy we are healed, not necessarily by our works or great faith. Are we a candidate for the same mercy that operated through Jesus to operate through us?
If we seek God’s mercy we will receive it. It isn’t an instantaneous academic process, but as things come into our lives that are trying and difficult (people or circumstances), we can either seek His mercy through it all or refuse via our stubbornness to accept or submit to the undesirable situation. The rejection of the situation by our stubbornness will harden us; if we don’t seek His mercy we will become more hardened and more hardened, as Pharaoh did.
Most Christian leaders will not submit themselves entirely to God to gain Godly mercy. It takes a humbling and an obscurity to produce it, and besides, they don’t want to be servants – they want notoriety and recognition.
Possibly Moses was the greatest leader, except for Jesus, and he became a leader after 40 years in the desert, gaining Godly humility and meekness. Scripture says ( Num. 12:3; top ) he was the meekest man on the earth – so if you want to be a Christian leader and lead millions of people and also have a face to face relationship with God, just ask God to make you the humblest man in your congregation. Also, the attribute of great mercy was exemplified by Moses, as he told God he would give up his place in the Kingdom for the rebels.
Do we know of such examples?
The present-day desire for recognition is an attribute of the fleshly life and the flesh life was meant to die. “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” ( Mk. 10:31; top )
The flesh of a Christian gets more protection from a Christian than the Christian’s spirit does.
Christian people will go through some horrendous sufferings, many of a horrible, excruciating nature, rather than surrender their stubbornness to Almighty God.
Some don’t like the term “Almighty God,” thereby revealing their hardness and stubbornness.
As the maturing process goes on, that of God desiring to produce His mercy in us, we can prolong the process by blaming others and especially God until we become even harder.
But when our most merciful leader, Jesus (who will not always strive with men) even sees a remote possibility of a yielding crevice in our lives, He will come again and again to give another chance to produce His mercy. Oh! the mercy and patience of Jesus: His tenderness can subdue the hardest Christian heart, and even though it may take a lifetime He continues toward His goal. That is probably why grandmothers are often the most merciful of people.
O Lord, may Your great mercy, along with Your great glory, cover all the earth!
And then even so, come, Lord Jesus!
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