But yet, the mercy of God doesn’t stop there, just at the point of our conversion. It doesn’t cover only our past life. Think now, brethren, of how great the mercy of God is towards us even now! Since He converted us by His wondrous grace, and since we’ve been born again and made new creatures in His sight, though our hearts and conduct was radically changed for the better, we have to admit, and that quite ashemedly, that we have still failed God many times, even the best of us. How many times do we go to prayer and approach the throne of grace in a sluggish, flippant state of doubt in His precious promises? How many times do we fail to do in His service the very best we can do as He deserves? How many times does our tongue slip and speak that which God would not have us to speak? How many times have we contracted dirt on our feet as we walk through the wilderness of this world? Yet He is ever-merciful, always there to serve us, even us the most pitiful and lowly of creatures, in order to wash our feet again and again in His sanctifying grace! His mercy is so great toward us, for if it weren’t, our infirmities, struggles, foolishnesses, and sins since being converted would be enough in themselves to condemn us for ten thousand eternities on end. But thank God for the precious blood of Christ, which cleanses us from all sin! His mercy is great, which has promised in the words of the infallible testimony: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
And such mercy as this is too wonderful for me. It overwhelmes me. I cannot grasp the depths of it with my fallible, finite mind. This mercy is so deep that it has reached down even into the lowest Hell and with the grasp of omnipotence has plucked us from the fire. Even the lowest Hell itself, where I once dwelt miserably, was not out of the reach of the infinite mercy of God. Even the chief of sinners hadn’t sinned so much that the mercy of God in Jesus Christ couldn’t forgive and cleanse and empower to turn such a one into the chiefest of Apostles (1 Tim. 1:15).
This mercy can do no other except to leave us in awe, with a heartfelt gratitude for what Christ has done for us. This mercy being so great towards us in causing us to be forgiven much has caused us to love much, and this is why we’re passionate about our Savior. That’s why we live the way we do, denying ourselves to serve His Majesty. There are those who claim to understand this mercy and who claim to have received it, but their lives show no gratitude for it as they continue in the same path they’ve always walked and continue to cherish sin in their hearts and in their practice. Such as these who can run headlong into sin without feeling heartfelt grief have not tasted of the fountain of grace, nor drank deeply of the wells of mercy which shall never run dry. But to us, who have received of this mercy, and grace for grace, knowing that our sins are covered by the blood and we are eternally secure in the love of God, kept from falling by His keeping grace, this mercy to us is no license to sin. We dare not willfully practice sin against the one who showed us so much mercy in love. Rather, having received of His bountiful hand every rich blessing pertaining to life and godliness causes us to earnestly desire holiness, to long after perfect righteousness, to walk in obedience of heart and life, and to live for His glory. The mercy of God is far from being an encouragement to sin, it is an encouragement to sanctification and to pressing on to grow in Christlikeness!
Just how great is this mercy toward us? -I will spend an eternity finding out…
Just the ponderings of a foolish thing of this world.