#DailyDevotion Monday May 22, 2017
God’s Grace, Mercy and Compassion (Psalm 103:8-13)
Grace is a very central in the doctrine of salvation in Christianity; without Grace, we wouldn’t have been Christians. Grace is “the unmerited favour of God toward man” (Andrew H. Trotter, Jr).
The mercy, grace and compassion of God on mankind has been demonstrated throughout the Old Testament era and has been finally revealed and fulfilled in Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross for humanity. God in his love and justice has declared the penalty of sin is death and this will forever stand. However, his mercy and grace offers us an opportunity to be forgiven of our sins and let out of the death row.
David writes of God’s grace, mercy and compassion;
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As the father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him (Psalm 103:8-13a).
The LORD is very compassionate and gracious, he loves the world freely, unconditionally. However, the beneficiaries of this Grace, Mercy and Compassion are those who will respond positively to it. This is rightly stated in the famous and widely translated verse of the Bible, John 3:16, “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Saviour] shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 AMP).
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In addition, “Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon” (John Piper). Grace should help us find forgiveness from God but also sanctify and enable us to say no to ungodliness (Titus 2:11). This grace is amazing, it saves a wretch like me, this grace brings a lost sinner back home and opens the eyes of the blind as written by John Newton:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
I praise you O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer for thy Grace, Mercy and Compassion that has given eternal life to a wretch like me in Christ Jesus. Amen! Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.