I am very thankful this morning that God’s mercy is not dependent upon my actions, but instead it is based on His promises. If I were to depend on myself for His mercy I would be left with nothing but a fearful expectation of punishment, because I still fail but Jesus cannot be crucified again.
I rest in the knowledge that His sacrifice was all sufficient, and that my daily repentance is an act of obedience that keeps my relationship between my merciful Father and myself strong. Knowing that it is His promises that insure His mercy reminds me that it is also His promises that insure His wrath on those who refuse to believe that Jesus Christ is The Way, The Truth , and The Life.
I am fearful for those who walk, talk, and act like the world, and use Jesus mercy as an excuse to remain in sin. Now I know that this is confusing, because my daily sin is just as bad as anyone else’s sin, so what’s the difference?
The difference is I see my sin as it is, because I have been born again, and the Holy Spirit of God dwells within me. I hate every ounce of it, because I recognize the price that my Lord paid for it.
On the other hand there are those who clearly enjoy living in sin, and when challenged to live up to the name of Christ they justify themselves by pointing out the fact that everyone sins. I want to ensure you of something, children of Satan are comforted by others sin, not children of God. If you have to look at evil to feel better about your own then you are still depraved, and lost.
The good news is that salvation is a free gift from God. It does however require that you truly repent of the sin that you have been making excuses for, believe in Jesus as your Lord, and trust in Him alone as the redeemer of your life.
If your reaction to sin is to make excuses instead of repenting then you are not in a right relationship with the Lord of Heaven, and I pray that His Holy Spirit will convict your heart and you will fall on your face in true life changing repentance.
By giving you another day to live God has given you another opportunity to repent of your sins. You have an advocate in Heaven our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ask Him to forgive you and strengthen you in your weakness and guide your heart to serve Him as you go through each moment of this day. His mercy is unending.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.(Romams 7:14-25)