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  1. Hello William, thank you again for your thoughts so eloquently put. I can't help putting my tongue into my cheek and marvel at the lack of comments so far to your post. Does this mean we have no grace toward those around us?
    I agree with David Towet above, I want to show mercy to my fellows around me.
    So what our prayer group has started doing is pray sincerely for the 'unlovlies' around us in our community. This prayer includes - the wife beaters, the party girls who leave their children at home alone, the addicts, the folk who do not laugh at our jokes, the ones who gossip against us, who cause us emotional pain, the mentally disabled even though we know they can't help being what they are. The demanding teenagers, workmates, elderly, lonely, the ones we find difficult to get along with; all of the above and more. We pray for them, and try to find and ask for God's mercy to us so that we can invite them to our birthday parties and show them some kindnesses to reflect God's grace given to us.
    Godbless today, Mrs A Stolz

    • I wonder if Grace is understood, and are aware of the difference between Grace and Love. Ephesians 2:8 makes that distinction by application. Grace can have human applications in our every day lives, but the example is Christ. Ephesians 2:8 make sure of the source. It is a gift of God. Jonah was unwilling to be merciful to the inhabitants of Nineveh to the point that he wanted do what he wanted rather than what God wanted Every stubborn person. God demonstrated Grace to everyone in the story of Jonah. Ephesians 2:8 is the best example of Grace that I am aware of as well as Faith.

  2. God said, ...I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Rom 9:15 It is God's will to have mercy and compassion on everyone, and we as His people should have this very same mindset within ourselves. Phil. 2:5 If we have a problem forgiving others we will have a problem being forgiven of the Father. Mark 11:25-26 Just as God's grace has been freely given to us, so should we freely give ourselves to others; regardless of their feelings toward us. So is the true meaning of Lev. 19:18 "...Love thy neighbor as thyself."

  3. I have been mulling over William’s article since it appeared because it appears to me that God’s idea of mercy is different than ours. Our “mercy” may enable impaired thinking and bad behaviour, making us codependents in a dysfunctional relationship; whereas, God’s mercy is purposed to call those who are willing out of their bondage to the fears and lusts that they once served to a Person who will lead them to an abundant eternal life.

    “I will be gracious toward whom I will be gracious, and I will show mercy on whom I will be merciful.” (Exodus 33:19; Romans 9:15.) God’s grace and mercy are arbitrary—he gives freely to those who apparently don’t deserve them. And through his words and actions, he tells all who will hear and see what kind of Person he truly is. His goodness is hard and clear, like diamond, to cut the dross from those who would journey with him.

    To those who see God as he truly is, his grace and mercy are life, but to those refuse to believe the Way, the Truth and the Life before their eyes, grace and mercy spurned are death. As Paul observes in Romans 9:17 (Exodus 9:16):
    For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.”
    The same grace and mercy results in two different outcomes. And again in 2 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT), the gospel preached “To those who are perishing” is “a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved”, “a life-giving perfume.” The same gospel, but two different outcomes.

    It is all about the human heart in the light of God's unchanging love.

    O God, I pray for our hearts.


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