People of Mercy
People of Mercy
Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:10b (ESV)
The distinguishing feature of God’s people is that they are objects of mercy and reflections of mercy. No person really knows God personally if he or she has not cried out for mercy. People don’t become living stones in the living temple of God until they have faced their own desperate need of forgiveness. We are dead in trespasses and sins. We are blind to a true perspective of God and his ways. We are enslaved to sin and energized by the spirit that works in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:1-4). We don’t just need to try harder or act better. We don’t just need more information or some inspiration. We need a new start.
That is God’s diagnosis. He sent a new Adam to rescue us, and he begot a new race of people. These people are born again by the imperishable seed of God’s word. (That word is the truth about Jesus and his work of redemption.) They have been forgiven, and that has liberated them from the strings that neither the law nor their willpower could break. They are no longer ruled by a violated conscience. They have been washed from their shame. They stand uncondemned before God as reflections of mercy to a world filled with needy people.
No person or group of people will ever be able to convict God of being unjust toward any. All have sinned and stand justly condemned before the bar of justice. God has shown mercy to those he has chosen to be his people. Their assignment is to show mercy on his behalf. In this way, the whole world can be blessed. We forgive because we have been forgiven. The more we are aware of how much we are forgiven, the more we love Him and are inspired to forgive.
You are a mercy-people. Act accordingly.