February 24, 2024

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)

Jesus’ ministry was all about mercy. In fact, there wasn’t a person he didn’t show mercy. 
The definition of mercy is: “undeserved forgiveness and unearned kindness.” 

When somebody forgives you and you don’t deserve it, that’s mercy! 
When somebody shows you a kindness you haven’t earned, that’s mercy! The Bible says that God wants to show to you mercy.

The truth is, you need mercy every single second of your life. The air you breathe and the water you drink are mercies from God. You wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for the mercy of God. 

God made you because he loves you. This is how He shows you His mercy.
There are many reasons you need God’s mercy in your life, starting with this one:

You need God’s mercy when you’ve messed up.  We all mess up big or small, not one of us is perfect! We don’t even measure up to our own standards, much less to God’s standards. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins” (NLT). In other words, nobody gets it right all the time.

The Bible also says, “We all stumble in many ways” (James 3:2 NIV).
Have you ever stumbled with your words, attitude, actions, or emotions? Maybe you have shown the wrong emotional response in a relationship and ended up hurting someone.

“Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16 NLT).

God wants you to go to him with your habits, hurts, and hang-ups—and to go with confidence! He’s not going to scold you or condemn you. He’s going to respond with love and mercy.
Why? 
Because he loves you more than you can imagine. 

Prayer- 
Father God,  we admit that we fall short of doing you will. Father we start out with good intentions but then we get in our own way. Help us to remember that you love us and care for for us. We thank you for you mercies even when we do not listen to your words or we twist them to do our will and not yours. Forgive us our sins. 
Thank you for your inbounding mercies. Amen. 

the Church Mouse
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