Have Mercy!


But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. – Luke 15:20


The very things in life that I consider embarrassments, failures, or disappointments have often become reminders to me of the great mercy of God. Those times in life that I abhorred at the time, were in fact, turning points in my life that I made critical decisions to return to the Father and surrender my will to him once again. I have been the Prodigal Son that assumed life to be better in a distant country where there would be no accountability for my actions, no one to tell me the things that I should or shouldn’t be doing, but it was a false notion. The thought that I could be happier away from the Father was a lie of the enemy to pull me further away from the Father.


The Prodigal son thought that life would be so much better if he could only get his way at the time he wanted it rather than waiting on the perfect timing of the Father. There is a sin of constantly wanting what we can’t have, complaining about not getting the toys that neighbors have, being aggravated at the word NO. The worst part of the Prodigals story is that he would rather have his Father dead than in his life. However the beauty of the story is that the Father refused to hold the sons mistakes against him. Much like the Prodigal Son, I also left the Father for the pleasures of life for a season, but the Lord was merciful enough to receive me again when I came to him in repentance.


My prayer for you today is that you would be willing to show the same mercy to others that your Heavenly Father showed to you when you laid your life down. Showing mercy to your neighbors and coworkers means that you refuse to hold their past against them and understand the love of God that overcomes every sin.


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