God's Tender Mercy
“Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.” - Psalm 40:11 Thomas Hooker, the English preacher who came to the new world and eventually founded the state of Connecticut, lay dying. Gathered around him were well-meaning friends who sought to comfort him. “You are going now to your reward,” they said. The old preacher responded, “I go to receive mercy.”
Mercy rescues us.
If we were held accountable for our sins, heaven would be unreachable. But God is good. He gives us love, joy, forgiveness through the 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.
And He gives us eternal life.
Mercy is the bonus; like the fragrance of a flower, the caring touch of a loved one, there is this quality of love that marks all of God’s good works; it is mercy—tender mercy. Undeserved favor, which can’t be earned. We can only receive it.
Death or life. We have a choice:
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
I pray that you choose life. When you reach the end of your days on earth, I hope that you will know, without a doubt, that you will receive the mercies of God.
Reach out to the Lord in prayer, ask Him to forgive your sins, and acknowledge Him as your heavenly Father.
Then you will know what it means to live under the protective arm of God’s tender mercy.
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