Friday, May 17, 2013
Grace lets Mercy Flow
Abundance will flow to a void if there is a channel... (ex. Osmosis, Electrical current, precipitation and evaporation that causes weather, etc.)
Growing in grace allows us to see the widening scope of the ramifications our depravity and not condemn ourselves for it.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus" - Romans 8:1a NKJV
"Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them." Hebrews 13:9 NKJV
Depravity has created a vacuum that God would love to pour His mercy into. Grace opens a channel for us to want and have mercy poured out on us and into us.
"Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy." Micah 7:18 NKJV
God delights to give mercy! He is so rich in mercy. He wants to give it... to pour it out. He isn't holding back. There just needs to be a channel for it to flow through.
As a physician He can only give care to sick people. Healthy people do not need or want His kind of help.
"When Jesus heard that, He said to them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 'But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.' " Matthew 9:12-13 NKJV
"Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart," Proverbs 3:3 NKJV
"Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy." Jonah 2:8 NKJV
The cross has opened a wide channel for infinite mercy to meet the incredible needs of mankind.
When we pick up our finished work cross we become a channel of mercy. People who know and embrace grace are not shocked by the depravity of others when it is manifested. They see weakness as the perfect place for God's power to be showcased.