I learned recently how simple the gospel is. In Hebrews chapter 4, it appears to teach us about rest, when in reality it is a beautiful picture of God’s mercy. When our disobedience warranted our punishment, Jesus met us with His love. He took what we deserved, and God showered us with compassion and forgiveness. Our key verse concludes with, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Soak that in. Take a few minutes and internalize God’s mercy.
Hebrews 2:4-5 says, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
That belongs to you. You can talk with God and partner in prayer with His majesty because of mercy.
Lord, I thank You that I can approach You because of the sacrifice Your Son, Jesus, made on my behalf. I pray to never lose sight of the cross and the mercy You shower me with. Help me not take this part of Your heart for granted. Show me, Father, how to extend mercy to those in my life the same way you extended it to me. Thank You for being the greatest example of mercy. Thank You for allowing me to draw near to You. Thank You for giving me confidence in Christ to come to Your throne of grace! Thank You for being the One who meets all of my needs. Lord, please continue to show me mercy and reveal more of Your character to me as we grow in relationship together. In Jesus’ name, amen.
What are some ways God has shown mercy to me in my life?
How can I show mercy to others, in the same way God showed it to me?
How can I improve my prayer life to take advantage of the mercy He has given me?