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Thursday, March 10, 2016

God Is Extremely Merciful

In review of Matthew 9:12-13 it says, "When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

Bottom Line:
Jesus objective was to seek out and save the lost.

What this means to me:
Jesus offers me mercy when I really don’t deserve it.  Jesus explains that his objective was to seek out and save the lost.

Today's verse comes from a statement Jesus made to the Pharisees after Jesus joined Matthew for dinner at his home with tax collectors and other known sinners.

The Pharisees asked his disciples why Jesus chose to eat with such people and Jesus addressed the them by instructing them to go and learn what the meaning of this Scipture was: "I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices." He then told them, it isn't the healthy who need a doctor as much as one who is sick.

Jesus was seen with people others thought were the lowest of the low. He didn’t care what they had done or what labels others had given them. No. He loves everyone and gives mercy to all!

Receiving mercy is about not getting the punishment I deserve. There are plenty of times when I’ve miraculously avoided an accident, but God spared me.  There are time when my actions deserved punishment, but God spared me. This is real mercy.

Today God, I thank You for everything You have done in my life. Thank You that even though I’m a sinner, your mercy never fails and is new every day!  I ask you to give me eyes to see like You, and help me to show mercy to those around me who need it.

In summary as a disciple of his, I too should adopt the same objective for my life. Seek out those who are lost and telling them of the saving grace and mercy that God offers.