The Scriptures teach us that being merciful is one of our heavenly Father’s primary character qualities:
For the LORD thy God is a merciful God (Deuteronomy 4:31a)
With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful …. (2Samuel 22:26a)
Let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for His mercies are great! (2Samuel 24:14a)
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. (Psalms 25:10)
It is a fact that Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] is absolutely righteous, good, holy, pure, true, and just. These qualities alone make Him worthy to be worshipped with honour, reverence and fear. Yet His abundant forgiveness and mercy continually draws us to Him, making us love Him more and more!
As a Father, Yahuwah is loving and tender-hearted toward His children. He is quick to forgive His children, any time we come to Him with a genuine heart of sorrowful repentance.
As children of the King of Kings, we love our heavenly Father for this awesome character quality! Experiencing Father’s mercy and forgiveness is indeed humbling, yet so vastly needed, appreciated, and restoring!
A Re-wind Button
We all know that feeling when we have ‘messed up!’ Either we lost our temper, or we said things we regret. We wish desperately to push a delete button, or a re-wind button. But, if we will humble ourselves, then we will go to Father, and we will confess our mess — our sin. We cry to Him for mercy, help, and forgiveness, through His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] (1John 1:7-9).
Afterwards [mysteriously], somehow the awareness of Father’s Holy Spirit comes again, and we begin to sense a release, a cleansing, and even a hopefulness. God’s mercy is extended, and the love of God is renewed within us.
All of us need Yahuwah’s mercy and forgiveness repeatedly! Whenever we remember how patient and merciful Father is toward us and our imperfections, can we not be patient and merciful toward others as well?
Father wants us to be as He is — extending mercy to others (see Matthew 18:23-35).
Showing Mercy to Others
Perhaps the greatest challenge for us to being merciful, is showing mercy to our own family members. As much as we love our family members, it seems at times, that they are the ones we find hardest to tolerate and forgive. Yet they are the ones we need to extend mercy to the most!
Being merciful to family members is our greatest opportunity to show forth this primary quality of our heavenly Father. Family members need to experience God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness through us. This is one way to be a testimony of the ultimate mercy given to us through Yahushua Messiah.
We exhibit the loving nature of Yahuwah, when we do for others the same things He said He would DO for us:
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12)
I do not deny that there are definitely times for instruction in righteousness, for giving correction, reproof, discipline, or counsel! Correction or chastisement are needed expressions of our love also (Proverbs 13:24; 3:11,12). Yet we must not forget, that it was Yahuwah’s mercy and forgiveness that drew us to the heavenly Father in the first place. We desperately needed what Father offered us — mercy!
The Aroma of Life
Showing mercy and forgiveness to our family members is a blessing! It is an aroma of life that is necessary within a family unit (Ephesians 5:1-2; 2Corinthians 2:14-16). Mercy and forgiveness are the qualities that will soften hearts, bringing more hunger for knowing the ways of God.
What sorrow and heartache that could have been avoided, if only King David’s wife, Michal, (2Samuel 6:16-23) had extended mercy instead of bitterness to her husband! What sorrows and regrets that could have been avoided, if only King Rehoboam (1Kings 12) had extended mercy instead of harshness to his citizens!
What joy and gladness resulted, when the father (Luke 15:11-32) was quick to extend mercy and forgiveness to his once wayward son! What happiness resulted, when the Jewish apostle Peter (Acts 10) was quick to extend mercy and kindness to the Gentile household of Cornelius!
Extending mercy, or withholding mercy, both can be a tipping point in a person’s life.
Let us therefore extend mercy, showing ourselves to be merciful and forgiving, especially to those within our own family, as well as to our brothers and sisters in the family of Yahuwah Elohim! (Matthew 5:7)
None of us are without faults! All of us need mercy and forgiveness!
Let us remember that showing mercy has its rewards — for in the same way we are merciful to others, we have this promise: with the merciful, Father shows mercy!
- Bringing Forth Fruit With Patience – four clues for acquiring this highly desirable ‘Fruit of the Spirit’
- First the Natural, Then the Spiritual – learning steps to “walking as Yahushua walked”
- More Things Are Accomplished – a brief look at the value of prayer
- The Key To Gaining Understanding – key insights for gaining understanding within the circle of our personal life
- The Difference is Mercy – a good example
- Dying to Self – a brief list of practical examples of how we experience “dying to self”
- Let Me Not Wander From Your Commandments
- Under His Wings I Shall Trust