Friday, December 19, 2014

Psalm 119:124

Dealing With Us Through Mercy
By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe

With his people, God deals with mercy, since we are saved by his mercy, kept by his mercy, pardoned by his mercy, redeemed by his mercy, called by his mercy, justified by his mercy, kept by his mercy, and delivered to heaven by his mercy by grace through faith alone.

By law we are lawless, by obedience we are rebels, by faith we are shipwrecked, by works we are vain. If we are judged by law, we must know that we are all lawbreakers.  Isaiah said in Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Through law we are all doomed to punishment of all our wrongdoings, all of our sins, all of our transgressions; but "by mercy he saved us" (Titus 3:5).

So, Lord, deal with us according to your mercy, not according to our works or according to the law, since we all have broken the law and deserve eternal punishment for our disobedience. By mercy he saves us.

But, also, the Lord deals with his own people who are already saved by grace through his mercy. He is longsuffering, kind, patient, forgiving, and loving in both blessings and chastisements to his people.

Time and space does not allow me to speak further about this, but just read this as a believer:  Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Therefore, we need the statutes of the Lord, and only he can teach us these statutes in our minds and in our hearts. Let us pray and study to learn God's word to know more about Jesus concerning his great mercy.

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