This week has been “heavy”. It feels like Friday but it is only Wednesday. And that is just one more reason I can’t always trust my feelings. lol Talking about talking to God was weighty for me. Thanks for letting me share.
Today, I am visiting with my two very best friends, the wonder twins of the Christian Walk— GRACE and MERCY! If you remember the old cartoon “The Wonder Twins” then you may recall that their signature tagline was “Wonder Powers activate!”
To activate GRACE and MERCY I have to access at least my short term memory. I have to remember who I used to be and where I have been – emotionally, physically, financially, spiritually, socially, mentally – and the grace and mercy that God has extended to me.
The commonly accepted definition of mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve; and grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve. What do grace and mercy look like in action?
Jesus shows us in John 8:1-11. The woman caught in the act of adultery experienced the perfect love of Jesus. Jesus extracted mercy from her accusers by asking them to look at themselves to settle the matter of the law. And then Jesus himself, extended grace to her in the last part of His recorded statement “go, and sin no more.” The great counselor graciously gave her/me /you the some great advice—Don’t do what you know is wrong. By grace, I can choose, in advance to forsake sin. . . freedom in Christ is just a decision away.
Grace and Peace,
John 8: 1-11 KJV
Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.