Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Merciful

Matthew 5:7  "Blessed are the Merciful for they shall obtain mercy."

MB 21,22  "The heart of man is by nature cold and dark and unloving; whenever one manifests a spirit of mercy and forgiveness, he does it not of himself, but through the influence of the divine Spirit moving upon his heart. 'We love because He first loved us.' 1 John 4:19.
     God is Himself the source of all mercy.  His name is  'merciful and gracious'.  Exodus 34:6.  He does not treat us according to our desert.  He does not ask if we are worthy of His love, but He pours upon us the riches of His love, to make us worthy.  He is not vindictive.  He seeks not to punish, but to redeem.  Even the severity which He manifests through His providences is manifested for the salvation of the wayward.  He yearns with intense desire to relieve the woes of men and to apply His balsam to their wounds.  It is true that God 'will by no means clear the guilty'  Exodus 34:7, but He would take away the guilt."

Can you imagine all our guilt wiped away?  What a relief that would be, never to suffer guilt again.  But that is just what He wants to do for us.  Why not let Him wipe away our guilt and be free from it forever.  Sounds good to me, how about you?  Grandma Joan

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