Definition of Mercy: not getting what you deserve
Mercy changes how we interact with others.
Jacob favored his son, Joseph. It made his brothers so jealous, they sold him into slavery. To make matters worse, he was accused of misdoing and thrown into prison. But God was watching over him. Joseph was released and even given a powerful position. Imagine his surprise when, years later, his brothers stood in front of him. Due to a famine, they had traveled to Egypt in search of food. The men didn’t recognize their grown brother in his administrative position, but Joseph knew them, and after testing their real intentions, he revealed his identity. When they begged for forgiveness, not only did Joseph offer mercy, he extended grace by insisting their entire family move to safety in Egypt. Read Genesis 37-46.
In adversity, Joseph grew to trust God. He understood that God’s purpose and mercy were much bigger than his family revelry and personal suffering.
Will you give others mercy like God gave you?
Receiving God’s Word
Ephesians 4: 31-32 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Connecting with God’s Word
What does mercy replace?
Responding to God’s Word
Is there anything you want to say to God?
What truth about mercy can you relate to today?
Thank you for mercy. I pray that I will always remember your love and generosity. Help me to show others mercy. Amen