Day 23

God’s Mercy and Compassion

from the Romans reading plan

Romans 9:1-19, Exodus 32:30-32, Ephesians 1:3-6

Imagine you are in a courtroom on trial for a crime you know you committed. In fact, everyone knows you are guilty. The ruling will come down and you will be condemned—there’s no way around it.

The judge looks at the evidence and listens to the testimony of witnesses. But then, in a dramatic turn of events, he picks up the gavel and, striking the bench like a hammer driving a nail, renders the verdict: “not guilty.”

You and everyone else know you are guilty of the accusations brought against you. But the judge has shown you mercy.

The reality is that every person saved by Jesus has been shown mercy like this. “Guilty” is the only verdict any of us deserve, and apart from Christ, it is the ruling rendered upon all men and women on this earth. All our wrongdoing and wrong-loving has stood trial, and the evidence against us is insurmountable.

Though we do not deserve to be let off the hook, God is the only judge who can and does show mercy to anyone He desires. Some might say that pronouncing a verdict of “not guilty” upon someone who is clearly guilty is unfair, and they are correct. The unfairness of this forgiveness God grants through His mercy is called grace. Grace cannot be earned, but is a gift given by God to an otherwise hopelessly guilty people.

Mercy and compassion are gifts God gives for His good pleasure, but they are not free. God does not just let us off the hook. A price must be paid for our sin. God, in His compassion and mercy, gave His only Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our violation of His law.

God will show mercy upon whom He will show mercy. But He does not set people free without penalty. That would be unjust. He pays the wage of our sin through the blood of His Son. This is our hope: the perfectly just mercy of God, given to those who do not deserve it, through the undeserved sufferings of Christ in our place.

What a great mercy! What a great cost!

Written by Jevon Washington

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  1. William Rector says:

    I would say this hard truth mostly reveals in us a proclivity to self and our sinful nature. And if I find this difficult it should move me towards sharing the gospel in every context possible so that those I share with can hear clearly Gods love for them, and I may know God desire for hem to accept Him. I am guaranteed to hear either whole hearted faith or utter rejection of God. So I must present the truth as the Truth has been manifested. Who do ppl say that Jesus is?

  2. Chris Greenwood says:

    “15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” -Romans 9

    Who is in control? How big is your god? What is your god like?Passages like today’s (see also Ephesians 1) call us to answer such questions.

    Romans 9 (and other passages) make it very clear to see that there is only One who is in control. He wills what He wills and does what He does. He declares Himself to be the one true God and no other god can compare to Him. There is none like Him. He is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness. It’s His kindness that leads us to repentance and His holiness that demands we turn away from sin.

    He is majestic and mighty. And all of this only scratches the surface of all that He is. I rejoice this morning that He has called me to know Him, to call Him Father, and to walk the rest of my days with Him. What about you?

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