“The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works”(Psalm 145:9).
At last, in the final measure, do we discover the “unmerited favor” of God – it is His tender mercies, which extend over all His works; for the Lord is good to all. Even to those whose hearts are hard and turn away from Him.
While God withholds his GRACE from the proud, He still gives them His mercy; and that in the same measure as to the humble. He makes His sun shine upon the just, and the unjust. He sends rain to righteous farmers, and to the wicked ones as well.
In His hand is the breath of every living creature – even those who use that very breath to utter blasphemy against heaven.
There is none who is perfect; we each are flawed in many ways. Were it not for the Lord’s mercies – who could stand? Even a just man “falleth seven times, but he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” (see Prov.24:16, and Psa 37:24).
Let’s say you have buried your talent in a napkin through fear and unbelief, settling for living a life less than what God wants for you. And your soul is vexed with bitterness as a result. While you have fallen from grace, you nevertheless have fallen into MERCY.
Or, let’s say you have over-stepped your boundaries and reached for something beyond God’s will for your life. You have forsaken faith and now live a presumptuous life, filled with pride and the grief it causes you and others. While you have fallen from grace, you nevertheless have fallen into MERCY.
Mercy is God withholding from us what we DO deserve, and giving to us what we DO NOT deserve. James Ryle
Mercy is God’s unmerited favor! It is the withholding of judgement and the stay of execution. Mercy is the kindness and love a long-suffering God gives to even the most undeserving of us all. It is His hand of blessing and favor extended into the foulest of pits, offering a way out.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the Throne of Grace that we may obtain MERCY, and find GRACE to help us in our time of need!” (Hebrews 4:16).
Did you know that when you feel the most unworthy – that is when you are the most welcomed? That, my friends, is Mercy…the unmerited favor of God.