His Mercy – 2015.05.01
I want mercy and not sacrifice.
God does not want your sacrifices and your self-sacrifice for Him. He wants much, much more. He does not like when people make an effort, so that He is good to them. He turns around, when people go to church and to confession and donate a lot of money so that they feel righteous, and good. Even if you provide all your life to the service of others, and think: Now I’m really good, indispensable, God will be pleased with me! – God does not see it. He does not want these victims. He wants the heart.
Our sacrifice shall make us pleasant for God and shall help that our prayers come true – But God cannot be bought.
It makes a huge difference: There are the people who want to be justified by ritual sacrifices, church attendance and a good life and on the other side are those who can be saved by His mercy. They no longer count on their own self-sacrifice, but only on Jesus’ sacrifice and compassion. They know: No one can be that good to be righteous before God. Only His mercy, love and forgiveness make us righteous before God!
And when we have received His mercy and forgiveness, we can serve Him: Equipped with the spirit of mercy and forgiveness, we must accomplish the service of mercy through word and deed. For His honor, not for ours. Let’s begin in our family, let’s go to work with His spirit and communicate with our friends in the spirit of love, mercy and forgiveness! If the world then will change a little bit and if a bit of the cold will disappear? Let us seek the service of mercy; – In prayer, in conversations and in works to glorify Him. Let us be infected by His love for the lost! For we ourselves were also lost once …
Thank you, Jesus, You are merciful to me! You do not take a scale and weigh our good and bad deeds, no, You forgive and forget and fill me with Your mercy! How much do You love me, how expensive and valuable am I for You – I can never understand it completely. Help me to spread Your mercy and forgiveness. I will give You my very heart!
Bible reading today: Psalm 80, 1 – 20