Luke 6:36-42 - Trinity IV - June 23, 2013
Be Ye Merciful
When we say that God is gracious, we are saying that He gives us what we don’t deserve to have. Take, for instance, everything that we need to support our body and life. All this God gives to us by grace alone without any merit or worthiness in us. We don’t deserve what good things we have. What do we deserve? Well, this is where mercy comes in. We deserve God’s temporal and eternal punishment for how we have lived. We have treated our bodies as though we own them, and everything God gives us as though it were here to serve our own desires. We act as though we deserved the things God so graciously bestows. But we don’t. We deserve wrath. And yet it is in mercy that God declines to be wrathful. In mercy, God chooses not to condemn us, but to forgive and acquit us.