but I received mercy

“But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,” 1 Timothy 1:13b (ESV)

“But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 (ESV)

How great is God’s mercy?

We certainly don’t deserve it.

Like Paul, we turn our back on God. Choosing to ignore Him, reject Him, perhaps even blaspheme and actively oppose Him.

Yet God still loves us.

We’re His creation. And He wants nothing more than to be in a relationship with us.

Patiently waiting for us to return. His arms outstretched wide.

All too often we think of God as a harsh taskmaster. A ruthless judge dishing out punishment for all of our indiscretions.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

He is the God “who shows compassion to those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:13)


prayer : thank you God that in your great mercy I can call you “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)

action : be an example to others through love and mercy

2 thoughts on “but I received mercy

  1. Oh to consider God’s mercy upon us causes tears to fall at times. His compassion’s are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-25). I treasure this hymn on God’s mercy:

    1 God, we praise Thee for Thy mercy,
    ’Tis so great and so profound!
    In our weakness and our failures;
    With its greatness it abounds.
    We adore Thee! we adore Thee!
    With such mercy we’ve been crowned!
    2 How we marvel at this mercy
    So far-reaching and so vast!
    It has reached us, e’en the sinners,
    And will ever hold us fast.
    From this mercy, from this mercy,
    What can cause us to be cast?
    3 For Thy mercy we are grateful,
    ’Tis so rich, so plenteous!
    Thru Thy mercy in redemption,
    Thou hast richly favored us.
    If without this, if without this,
    How could we be favored thus?
    4 Oh, Thy mercy, so inspiring!
    Gentle, tender, dear and sweet!
    With Thy patience and Thy kindness,
    Us in all our need it meets.
    It we treasure, it we treasure,
    Nothing can with it compete.
    5 Father, we enjoy Thy mercy,
    Ever fresh and ever new;
    Every morning shed upon us,
    It refreshes as the dew.
    How we taste it! how we taste it!
    Giving Thee the praises due.
    6 We can never cease to praise Thee,
    As Thy mercy e’er endures;
    All Thy grace and all Thy favor,
    Ever for us it secures.
    Trusting in it, trusting in it,
    Thy sure mercy us assures.


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