The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.(Psalm 145:8-9)
A man kneels before Jesus, begging Him to heal his epileptic, suicidal son since His others disciples couldn’t. Jesus sees that Satan’s hand is behind this, casts the demon out of the boy, and explains that the disciples couldn’t because their faith was weak; even small amounts of powerful faith can do impossible things. Later, when He prepares them for His betrayal and death, they get super depressed. When Peter is confronted about paying Temple taxes in Capernaum, Jesus reassures him, reminding him that, as God’s children, they’re free from paying for His house. Still, Jesus supernaturally provides money to pay so the people aren’t unnecessarily offended.
God is abounding in love and mercy towards His children! His righteous judgment and wrath don’t apply to us anymore (1 Thessalonians 5:9), He’s chosen to completely forget our sin (Isaiah 43:25), He removes it from us as far as the east is from the west, and His love for us is as high as the sky is from the Earth (Psalm 103:11-12)! Not only is the Father infinitely good and merciful to us, He wants us to fall back on that. He’s given us total access to His grace and mercy when we need it (Hebrews 4:16), and He even invites us to try it out for ourselves, to taste and see that He is good (Psalm 34:8)! When Israel and Syria teamed up to destroy Judah, the Lord assured king Ahaz that He wouldn’t let it happen, even challenging Him to test His goodness by asking for a sign (Isaiah 7)! However, the greatest sign of the Father’s mercy and love for His children is sending His one and only Son to redeem and save us from destruction. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God’s mercy (John 3:16)!
When we do trust God’s merciful love for us in Christ, that faith allows us to do great works of mercy and love for others! The disciples couldn’t heal the man’s son because their faith in God was weak, which is why Jesus reminded them of His death and resurrection, and their identity as God’s children in Him (Matthew 17:14-27). In a parable, He teaches them that He’s going to return one day to receive them in glory and love, which should motivate them to constantly be obedient and loving towards others, not spiritually dull (Matthew 25:1-13)! When we put our full trust in our Father’s mercy, faith becomes power to love and be merciful to others, growing in spiritual maturity ourselves.
- Our Abba Father is so good and compassionate and loving to His children, and all the proof you’ll ever need for that is in the face of Jesus Christ! His loving-kindness is better than life, and we can rest in that, unafraid of condemnation or Hell. We can go into the world with confidence and assurance, empowered by His merciful love to wage war against Satan in our own lives and the lives of others! Rest in His mercy, go in the power of His love.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.(Luke 6:36)