I don’t often do this…
But, my inbox is blowing up with people thanking me for writing the following “Daily Devotion” on the subject of “mercy.” We all need mercy. We all crave peace in our hearts and lives. So, here you go with a dose of Daily Devotion on the subject of MERCY.
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May you be blessed today as you read of God’s mercy and read about one of His dear saints.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5:7
I’m so thankful we serve a merciful God, aren’t you?
2 Corinthians 1:3
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.
The Bible describes God as our Father. He’s described as the “Father of mercies.” The Psalmist said:
- compassionate disposition: a disposition to be compassionate or forgiving of others
- something to be thankful for: a welcome event or situation that provides relief or prevents something unpleasant from happening
Now put those definitions in the context of your situation.
See this lady:
That’s Geraldine Combs.
She went to be with the Lord yesterday. There is a lump in my throat as I type.
I didn’t get to tell Geraldine goodbye. She had cancer for a long time. But, we all thought she would pull through this season and this bout she was undergoing just like she had all the times before. I talked to her daughter, Kim yesterday morning and we know it was going to be a tough pull, but nonetheless, I expected to see Geraldine walking into church on Sunday. That’s just the type person she was.
But, God is merciful.
Jesus said: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5:7
Geraldine never complained. I mean that. I never heard her complain once (even when she was sick as a dog). She was so faithful. And this is what she told me the last time I talked to her (last week). She said, “Kevin, I don’t mind suffering. I’m glad to do it for the Lord if it will bring Him glory. But, I really don’t want my children and grandchildren to have to go through watching me suffering, so I’m asking Him to take me before that happens.”
And God answered her prayer yesterday afternoon. Why? Because He is merciful.
Remember this definition of “mercy” that you just read:
something to be thankful for: a welcome event or situation that provides relief or prevents something unpleasant from happening
That’s exactly what God did.
Friends, when you show mercy, you shall receive mercy. That’s what Geraldine did. She followed Jesus’ example of being merciful and thus she is an example for us to follow.
Do you want mercy in your life? Do you need mercy in your life? Show mercy…
…and then you will receive it.
I’m praising the Lord today for His merciful saint, Geraldine Combs and her daughters, Kim and Misty and their entire families.
Thank you Jesus for your mercy!