Date: Sunday, 31st May, 2020
Topic: God is Merciful
Speaker: Bulus Ayuba
Text: Ephesians 2:4
GOD IS MERCIFUL
Mercy is defined as the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing. To be MERCIFUL therefore is to have this disposition in an overflowing measure and degree.
The Bible describes our God as “rich in mercy” Ephesians 2:4. Which is another way of saying GOD IS MERCIFUL.
We shall consider His mercifulness in the Context of His deep concern for his people and a desire to meet their needs. Two areas that arises in this regard are:
- His mercifulness is demonstrated in His provision of forgiveness from sin and its consequences.
- His mercifulness is demonstrated in His provisions to meet our physical and spiritual needs all the times.
FORGIVENESS OF SIN AND ITS CONSEQUENCES.
Exodus 34:6-7, Exodus 20:5-6, Deuteronomy 7:9, Micah 7:19 1John 1:9, Ephesians 1:7
When it comes to sin and its consequences, (for the believer who has repented), the mercy of God kept flowing for thousands and thousands of years (see also Deu 7:9, Exo 34:7). It says the Lord God is merciful…keeping mercy for thousands. That’s how long and how much His mercy lasts. And this can be contrasted how long His displeasure hence action against sin lasts - only to the 3rd and 4th generations (Exco 34:7b). This effectively is the life span of a man of you consider that in some sense, a generation is defined as ‘childbearing’ age and is usually 25 years. So our lead text used an idiomatic expression which and this is also confirmed in the Decalogue to say that God’s mercy towards the repentant flows for thousands of years but His anger towards sin only last effectively the life span of a man.
Outside God, where would you find such mercies? Should anyone henceforth allow his or herself to live in guilt after (s)he have repented of sins? Mercy is available and flowing for every repentant sinner or repenting believer. Our God is so rich in mercy that He has provided for Sin and its consequence. The believer can boldly say, I am delivered, sin and its effect has no hold on me.
MEETING OUR PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS.
Nehemiah 9:31, Ephesians 2:4-5, Mathew 6:25-34, Psalms 23:1-6, I John 5:14-15
God’s richness in mercy is manifested in His willingness to meet our physical and spiritual needs. His mercifulness (for example) is the reason why we are not utterly consumed (Neh 9:31).
Take for instance the invisible enemy that the world at large is presently engaged in a warfare with, were it not for the mercy of God which is limiting the spread, the extent of havoc would have been worse than what we are presently experiencing. But His mercy has ensured a redemptive covering over all.
See (also) the provisions that has ensured your well being and your upkeep up till this point in your life! It is His mercies that have guaranteed it. Our God is truly rich in Mercy.
So we go from here in full assurance that whatever tomorrow brings, he who heareth us according to 1 John 5:15 would grant us all our petition for life and godliness. No need in life is great enough to even try His mercies not to think of exhausting it.