The Richness of God's Mercy (KJV)
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- Format: Folded Tract
- Paper: Gloss Text
- Size: 3.66 x 8.5 inches
- Pages: 6
- Version: KJV
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“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved; and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” –Ephesians 2:1-7
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” –1 Timothy 1:12-17
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” –Psalm 136:1
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust…. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.” –Psalm 103:8-14,17
God’s mercy is for all who will humble themselves before him and ask for it. His mercy is unsearchable and so rich that a man who murdered Christians, blasphemed the name of God and his son Jesus Christ, persecuted and hauled believers into prison, received mercy and became one of the greatest Apostles the world has ever known. And not only did he receive mercy: grace, strength and the Holy Ghost were given him to the extent that much of Christianity as we know it among the gentile nations came through him. Even though he authorized the stoning of Stephen, threatened, slaughtered and scattered the church of God in Christ Jesus, yet he obtained mercy (Acts 8:1; 9:1-6). His name was Saul of Tarsus, until God changed his name and he became the Apostle Paul.
Are you like Saul of Tarsus? Have you killed, slaughtered and scattered Christians or any human being for that matter? Have you spoken against or blasphemed the name of God and Jesus Christ his son? God’s mercy is still available for you. If you will repent and humble yourself before the Lord, you too will obtain mercy. Jesus has already finished the work for you on the cross. “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30).
Jesus Christ the son of God left his heavenly glory and the worship of angels to suffer at the hand of sinners. He was betrayed by someone who ate with him, whom he loved and called to his ministry (Matthew 26:47-50). He was mocked, beaten without mercy, ridiculed, bruised and wounded by those who came to this world through him (John 1:1-4). He was forced to wear a crown of thorns, big blunt nails were used to pierce his hands and feet, and a sword was used to stab his chest and blood gushed out of him—the blood that washes away our sins (Matthew 26:65-68; Matthew 27:27-35; Mark 15:27-33). What humiliation, what shame he suffered for us all. He suffered all these without sinning; all he did was good (Acts 10:38). He did all these things so that we may be reconciled to God and live the abundant life.
He went about preaching peace, repentance and remission of sin, love of enemy, love of neighbor as self, obedience to God’s commandment and the kingdom of God. He healed the sick, raised the dead, made the lame walk, delivered many that were oppressed by the devil and demons, made the dumb speak, made the deaf to hear, and in his name these things are still happening today in our generation (Matthew 4:16-17,23-25; Acts 4:16; John 14:12). This goes to show the unsearchable riches of God’s mercy and love for mankind. All these were given and done for free, and is still free today without a penny charged to the recipient of God’s mercy and love.
A thief who was at the point of death received mercy and went to paradise instantly, just for acknowledging his sins and asking for mercy. He did not murmur against God for making him poor (Luke 23:39-43). He did not give excuses for stealing. He had a good conscience; he behaved like the prodigal son (Luke 15:21-22). He had a humble and contrite heart. And the Bible says in Psalm 51:17, “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
The Bible tells of a very wicked king who killed a poor man and took over his possession, who also made the heart of the people depart from God to the extent that they sinned wickedly against the Lord. This king escaped the judgment and punishment of God in his lifetime because when he had the message from God, instead of fighting the prophet or being rude or passive, he humbled himself (1 Kings 21:17-29). Time will fail me to talk about many others in the Bible—as well as myself—who obtained God’s precious and infinite mercy after committing grievous sins.
The question is, what sin are you into? Do you think your sin is too much, so grievous that God cannot forgive you? Listen: there is no sin that God cannot forgive. All you have to do is stop delaying, come to Jesus, confess and renounce your sins and you will receive instant mercy and forgiveness like myself and others. Are you thinking you are lost forever? Have you backslidden and think you are lost forever? Please, come back to God through his son Jesus Christ. He is waiting to embrace you as the father received the prodigal son (Luke 15:21-22).
Please, do not delay anymore: time is no more on your side as death may come anytime. The coming of the Lord is near. If you fail to repent, you will spend the rest of eternity in hell fire, weeping and gnashing your teeth (Matthew 25:46; Matthew 13:40-43, Luke 13:24-28). Obtain mercy now before you die. There is no mercy in the grave, and there will be no mercy when Christ comes again—only judgment. Humble yourself now, open your mouth and plead with God to forgive you before it is too late.
Please read these chapters and verses in the Bible: Psalm 32, Psalm 103, Psalm 130, Psalm 25, John 3:16-18, Psalm 19:12-14, and Isaiah 1:18-20. Also read Psalm 51:1-17, making it your plea to God by replacing hyssop in verse 7 with the blood of Jesus.
Let us take full advantage of His abundant mercy and come before his throne of mercy and grace that we may obtain mercy for the forgiveness of our sins and grace to keep us strong to do his will and remain in his love (Hebrews 4:16; Proverbs 28:13). We should avoid indulging in willful sin (Hebrews 10:26). We should also not be like Judas Iscariot, who after he betrayed our Lord committed suicide. We should always be like the Psalmist (Psalm 57:1).
Saul of tarsus, who later became an apostle of our Lord, persecuted and killed Christians ignorantly, believing then that Christ was not the Messiah and that Christians were blaspheming. He was in gross error (Psalm 19:12-14). Even now, a lot of us do things ignorantly, believing we are doing the right thing. That is why it is imperative that instead of fighting God with our mind and tongue when things are not going smooth with us, we should be asking for his mercies, forgiveness and direction.
Praise the Lord! Jesus is Lord.