Get On The Bandwagon Of Mercy! All too often many people jump on the bandwagon of "kicking someone when they're down." However, Christians are called to a different purpose. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." Do you see that part in verse four that says "that WE MAY BE ABLE to comfort..."? If any of us have EVER received ANY comfort at ALL from Our Father, then we are called to do the same for others who are in need of comfort. If you're a Christian, you've received comfort in your tribulations. Yet, why doesn't the Bandwagon of Mercy seem to be overloaded with those of us ready to do the work of comforting others? Look over at the Bandwagon of Criticism, however, and you'll find precious few seats on which you would be able to sit. People, we need to be vying for seats on the Bandwagon of Mercy! I could continue along with this analogy, but I believe I've said quite enough. So, come on, let's go hop on the right bandwagon, the one that goes out to seek the lost and hurting so we can show them some mercy. Oh and by the way, someone can be a Christian and still be wandering in circles in need of comforting. May God bless you abundantly this day and every day. YSIC, Virginia
[quote]Oh and by the way, someone can be a Christian and still be wandering in circles in need of comforting.[/quote]
Love that statement!
For who among us has not been [u]wondering around in circles [/u] at some point in our Christian walks?
I know I have but He is faithful and never let me become so dizzy running in circles that I could not see Him waiting for me to get it right.
:coffee: drinking tea
Every single one of us and I mean [i]everyone[/i] is capable of falling flat on our faces and into the mud at any moment. We're really good at doing that. In fact I would go so far as to say we are experts at doing that.
You know, God never criticizes us. He certainly will correct us when we're wrong but he never walks off and leaves us lying in the mud. He never would stand by and taunt us for getting stuck in the mud puddle. He would never make sure everyone knew about what had happened to us or sell tickets to the event.
God helps us out of the pit and heals our wounds. He cleans us up and tells us how we can avoid falling in the mud again. He offers to walk beside us so that we won't fall down again. Best of all, he loves us in spite of ourselves.
The world on the other hand will step on us, mock us, kick us, make sure every one knows about it and try to use our misfortune to make itself look good.
Are we supposed to follow God or the world?
Great blog, V!
"Jesus said unto him, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.' " Matthew 22:37-40
In this case, it is the 'loving our neighbor as we love ourselves' that seems to trip us up (at least it trips me up). I remember reading C.S. Lewis's 'Mere Christianity' years ago and being struck by his perspective on this verse. When I fail or fall short in some way, I am disappointed in myself and in no way accept it as right... BUT... I do not wish myself ill. With God's help, I can find His forgiveness and move on from that failing. In short, I seek and accept the mercy and grace of God.
To love my neighbor as I love myself means I will do the same for him or her. I will extend the same mercy that I would seek for myself when I fall. I will wish that person well.
In His Love
The question is, where do you draw the line between Judgement and Mercy ?
For instance no one wants a mass murderer or serial rapist on the streets, but would he better off in jail or transformed by the love of christ into a living evangelist?
God does'nt look at our sin, he looks at our potential as children of god we all were on the train to hell it's god that has snapped us up off the carriage.
When I was first told about a preacher who used to be a serial rapist, I could not believe it!
But the Mercy of God is what we all need, If god were to Judge us according to our works we'd all come up short.
As it is,
God is going to judge everyone according to their works.
The only thing that can distinguish the saint from the sinner is not their works, (All have fallen short of the glory of god)
but the blood of Jesus (Which is gods Mercy).
Rev 20:15 "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. "
As I read this I was reminded of a meeting where the verse in Ezekiel 22:30 was read and we were encouraged to be people of prayre.
Eze 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
One brother shared that most of us are willing to point out the gaps.
In Col 3:12 it says " Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies" (old King James)
The fact that we have to put this on speaks to me of the decision that I must make to live according to the new man that is being created in Christ, or else continue to live according to the old man of sin.
Prais God for every reminder to enter more fully into Christ.
God is not finished with me yet
One comforting thought to me is that it is because of God's mercy that it is we stand. God had every rigth to stone us according to the Law of Moses, but naw' he had mercy upon us and sent his precious only son to rescue us from his wrath. Now how much so we understand in what predicament we were can we seen when we act when others are in a bad predicament. To him that is forgiven little love little and her whom is forgiven much loves much. Jesus. May you be blessed. Amen.