Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been sharing some stories that God has used to impact us over the years. Today’s post isn’t a particular story, it’s more of a theme that runs through everything we do. It’s a thought process that has been shaped by God’s endless mercy in our own sin-riddled lives and our encounters with those God has put in our path….
“Mercy, mercy as endless as the sea.” A verse from a song we sing in worship that really make me think about how good my God is to me. Jesus hung on a cross and died for all my sins. He forgives me when I come to him repentant and broken by the sins I commit against Him. And those sins are no more. He and He alone forgives. I don’t deserve any of God’s mercy. None of us do. But God loved us!
As I think about how God’s mercy is ever so present in my life, I can’t help but ask myself these questions: “How do I show God’s mercy with the people we come in contact with everyday? How does God’s mercy play out in my life?”
To me, everything starts in my mind. I don’t just go out and sin most of the time. It starts as a thought. I think about it. I think about options. I may even think about how to execute this sin. At some point the thoughts are put to action and I sin. I am now separated from my God. At this point the devil really moves in and starts to dominate my thoughts. He wants me to feel guilty. He wants me to think there is nothing I can do and there is no forgiveness. He wants me to run. I may feel embarrassed, even depressed. He wants me to think there is no Hope.
This is where we find a lot of the people we work with. They are struggling with sin. Their sin backlog is so large and hasn’t been dealt with in many years. The devil wreaks havoc in their minds, convincing them there is no way out. There is no forgiveness. The devil has set up camp and doesn’t plan on moving out. Their thought lives are completely under his control.
So…since we’ve received such endless mercy, how do we respond to people so blinded by their sin? We love. We serve. We pray. We share truth. We battle. We pray. We love. We serve. We wait on our Lord to change hearts, for He alone can change the heart of man.