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God's Mercy Endures Forever


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever. ~ Psalm 136:1, 26, NKJV

           Where would we be if we were still in despair over past sin and bondage without His mercy and love? I don’t know about anyone else but I know I wouldn’t be able to praise, give thanks, or even lift my voice to sing of His goodness. Come to think of it, in this day and age, we’re told – as Christians – that we need to knock off all the “God” talk. I’ll stop talking about God the day He takes me home!

           I mean, why stop talking about His love, His goodness, and His mighty deeds when He does so much on our behalf. With the fact that we sin, and are separated from Him (before being rekindled by His Spirit to become his children), because of that is there any other way to Him? It is only through Jesus we have that access.

          We're told by John, "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him" (John 14:6-7, Berean Study). I’m thankful daily for what His Son, Jesus Christ, did for me on the cross at Calvary, for without His deeds I wouldn’t be at peace or have access to the Father through Him.

          I heard this analogy last night, and I do believe it fits: suppose a blind man is walking towards a cliff. how many people would sit idly back and allow him to go over, knowing should he fall over the cliff side he'll die? Would you be comfortable knowing you allowed that to happen to a blind man? Moreover, suppose you're watching him go onward towards the cliff, and you say, "Oh, I'd tell him to stop going that way, but I'm afraid to offend him."

          Friends, the gospel of Jesus our Messiah is offensive regardless how you see it. It will offend some because they don't believe they are blind. Jesus Himself said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Mark 2:17, Berean Study). You can start with a verse you know and know well enough to back up with other scripture to give and explain the gospel. I do. 

           It is for this reason that I am thankful for His strength, for His ability to do what I cannot do for myself: free myself from sin and its effects, death. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying a sinner’s death on my part so I can be with you and the Father upon your return!

          Father, You are so great, wise, and merciful I can't even begin to understand the depths of your love. You in all Your ways not only tell me how far off I am from You. You show me how much I am in need of You. You don't need me, but I do acknowledge I am dependent upon You. Thank You for th gift of life, and extending Your righteousness to me through Your Son Jesus. I praise You in Your merciful kindness to take care of my sin, to making me right with You. It is in this I pray and thank Jesus for. Amen.