“His mercy is judgment”; “His judgment is mercy.”
— Preacher’s Homiletic.
Psalm 62:12 tells us “Also unto Thee, O Lord, belongs mercy…”
On the subject of mercy, John Chrysostom speaks. “She has silver wings like the dove, and feathers of gold, and soars aloft, and is clothed with Divine glory, and stands by the throne of God; when we are in danger of being condemned, she rises up and pleads for us, and covers us with her defense, and enfolds us in her wings. God loves mercy more than sacrifice.” (Matthew 9:13).
Have you ever read James 2:13 where it is said, “mercy rejoices against judgment?” Can this be demonstrated?
From Dr. Carl H. Stevens, “In word and deed I love them (others), beyond my understanding, not operating in morality which would legislate ‘an eye for an eye’ in revenge. It’s beyond turning the other cheek, it’s turning my attitude over to the Spirit. More than praying for them, the love I express goes beyond knowledge.”
“His mercy rejoices against my intellectual judgment.”
“My faith goes beyond intellect, and becomes spiritual substance as it is manifested by God’s work of love.”
“Only a broken vessel can be made available to this ministry of mercy. And only one who has received mercy can rest with the Lord in the midst of the storm.” Paul was this kind of man.
Think of what you consider the worst thing a person could be, and Paul was proclaiming, “Once you get there, I am less than that. “To me, who am less than the least was this grace given.” Why? “That I would preach the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ.”
Listen to Paul in 1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Then the apostle Paul said, “I was a blasphemer. I was a persecutor. I was an injurious person.” But he was then able to say, “I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.”
There is mercy for the ignorant and unbelieving? Yes, and, Paul adds, “… as we have received mercy, we faint not” (2 Corinthians 4:1).
Friends, mercy keeps a broken sinner from fainting, the lowliest keeps preaching Christ.
Finally, Hosea 10:12 tells us “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow ground….”
and Jonah 2:8 “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.”
To these verses Pastor Stevens remarks, “If we refuse to allow God to sow in His righteousness, so that we can reap in mercy …then we will reap what we sow.” This refers to reaping the flesh and not mercy.
How do we break our fallow ground?
“Our light affliction, brethren, are but for a moment, and “worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians
For mercy to be real in our lives, we must be carried past religious solutions. We must have our wings cropped, we must approach despair, all efforts of self-repair. Pride be quelled. The current generation is fraught with, pride, despicable self-exaltation and arrogance of every sort. It sickens my heart to watch the impudence, the shameless face, the wanton clothing, the bold-faced lying. It’s all in God’s face, and in the face of every mercy-filled saint.
Be encouraged, It’s not for us to fight the savagery. We must love them (others), beyond understanding, not operating in ‘an eye for an eye’ in revenge. Beyond turning the other cheek, it’s turning my attitude over to the Spirit. More than praying for them, the love we express goes beyond knowledge.””His mercy rejoices against intellectual judgment.””Our faith must go beyond intellect.
We must find that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. We must keep our fallow ground prepared and not fight against God’s soil-breaking. Sow the gift of God’s righteousness. Take heart, His Mercy fights for us and endures forever. love ya