Thomas Hooker, the English preacher who came to the new world and eventually founded the state of Connecticut, lay dying. Gathered around his bedside were well-meaning people who sought to comfort him.
“You are going to your rest,” they said. The old preacher turned and responded, “I go to receive mercy.”
Mercy is its own reward. If we were to be held accountable for our sins, heaven would indeed be far away and unreachable.
But God is good to us.
He gives us love, joy, forgiveness. He comforts us through His Holy Spirit. He shows us the way to a life of adventure and discovery through faith. He gives us prophecy to understand the future. He gives us prayer as a source of power. He gives us eternal life.
Like a fragrant flower adorning a gift; like the caring touch of a loved one; like the gentle assurance of a father to a child, there is this quality of love that graces all of God’s good works. There is mercy—tender mercy. Undeserved favor from God. And there is nothing we can do to earn it. We can only receive it.
The Bible says of Jesus, “But as many as have received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God” (John 1:12).
Accept His love.
Then you will know what it means to live under the protective arm of God’s tender mercy.
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