How wonderful thy endless Mercies we don’t deserve!
As any of us can ponder on the gifts of our creator we must think carefully regarding his mercy. But the many mysteries of our existence are so complex we should begin with life itself. Imagine for a moment the intricate make-up of the human body. It is composed of so many organs, the pathway of the nervous system and the many miles of the life-giving blood vessels. Perhaps the most amazing organ is the human brain that controls the network that keeps us going. There cannot be a perhaps by chance humanity suddenly appeared with all of its intricate entities. We know for a fact that to have an instrument like the brain being the computer that is responsible for our actions, emotions, dreams, and searching for answers are not just implants on their own. History has taught all of us that each step forward in life took many years, trials, and failures to reach our present condition. However, it has all occurred through our creator, God.
The Holy Spirit, whom we all possess within our souls, is the divine essence of Almighty God teaching us, correcting our faults, and bringing Grace into our confusing world. Reading the many books of the Old Testament the pattern of finding the path to the land of milk and honey God promised has finally found fruition. It hasn’t quite reached the final mountain, but is soon on its way when Christ returns to destroy the sin of mankind and forever put Satan and all evil where they belong. (Rv 19: 5-10).
It is here that each of us must find the gift of grace that brings forgiveness to his children. The one sign of forgiveness is how God’s Mercy just keeps on coming in spite of our turning away. Mercy is described as compassion of forbearance shown especially to an offender. It is lenient or compassionate treatment to one who does not deserve it. Herein stands each human being with the weight of evil upon us. We were not created with the evil intent that seems to have found us, but the prominence of evil is an entity that needs a human embryo to feed upon and gain strength to expand to the same kind. “The Lord is good to all, compassionate to every creature.” (Ps 145:9).
Listing the very treasures God has given us and then trying to use them as their definition demands, we see that each one takes grace that we receive through the Holy Spirit. When the passage to success gets prominent in our quest, we reach out to God’s intervention and move on as a learning step.
But, when sin becomes the one enemy that will interfere with our growth and has the ability to change the appearance of goodness, we find ourselves in a quandary of direction and the end result may attack the goodness within to a following of the attraction to deep sin.
When anyone falls that far from God it takes more than a little prayer to find God. The one attribute from God will be the Mercy he reserves for each human that falls from sin. We are guaranteed that true repentance for any kind of sin is the key to receiving this treasure. It is not reserved for saints, angels, clergy, or holy people. Mercy is reserved for anyone who sins and is in need of forgiveness that is always prevalent to sinners. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved ), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus.” (Eph.2: 4 - 5).
Ralph B. Hathaway