Sunday, October 24, 2021

Daily Devotion: The Gift of Mercy

Bible Reading: Luke 18:9-14 and Romans 12:8

Key Verse: Verse 13 – “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.”

Key Words: God, be merciful to me a sinner

Some have said that grace is God giving us what we do not deserve, and mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve. Every church needs those who have the gift; they are the ones who can bring forgiveness to the church.

                        The gift of prophesy brings trust.

                        The gift of ministry  brings aid.

                        The gift of teaching brings education.

                        The gift of exhortation brings motivation.

                        The gift of giving brings sharing.

                        The gift of rulership brings organization.

                        The gift of mercy brings forgiveness.

In his book Lee: The Last Years Charles Bracelen Flood reports that after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee visited a Kentucky lady who took him to the remains of a grand old tree in front of her house. There she bitterly cried that its limbs and trunk had been destroyed by Federal artillery fire. She looked to Lee for a word condemning the North or at least sympathizing with her loss. After a brief silence. Lee said, “Cut it down, my dear Madam, and forget it.”

It is better to forgive the injustices of the past than to allow them to remain, take root, and poison the rest of our life.
What to do:
✞ That which is causing bitterness in your life, cut it  down and forget it!

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