His Mercy is Great Towards Us

Several years ago a very good friend of mine passed away. I was very upset not only for the loss of this dear friend, but also because I wondered if this person would be saved. I had on different occasions shared my faith with this person, but it seemed like the words just fell to the ground. This person attended church on a regular basis, yet “to me” did not appear to be very committed.
One day I was praying to the Lord about it and the Lord spoke to me through a little story I had shared on our TV program a few years earlier. It was a story that I had totally forgotten, but the Lord just brought it to my mind, for in it He had a lesson for me.
The story went like this. There was a wonderful, God-fearing man who started an orphanage, and this man grew very close to the children there to the extent that he was like a father to them. Unfortunately this man had to travel on a regular basis because he had to raise funds for the orphanage to keep things running smoothly. Yet every time the children would discover that their “Papa” was coming home, they would all run into the field surrounding the orphanage to pick him some flowers. But there was one little girl at the orphanage who was a little different than the other children. She walked with a limp and was slower than the others at learning her lessons at school. The children would laugh at her because when they went to pick flowers for their Papa’s return, she would have sticks and weeds in her bouquet, simply because she couldn’t tell the difference between the flowers and the weeds.

The children were always thrilled on those occasions when Papa would come home to the orphanage, and they would run to him so they could hug him and give him their flowers. Papa would not only show attention to the whole group of children, but he would always look for the little girl that limped. Then he would pick her up in his arms and tell her how much he loved her bouquet that she had picked for him. Papa truly loved her gift because he didn’t see the sticks and the weeds in it, for all he could see was the love that she had in her heart for him.

When the story was brought to a conclusion in my mind, the Lord very tenderly said to me,”Who are you to judge whether or not this person’s offering was good enough or not?” And that was all I needed to hear.

Today you may be concerned about the salvation of someone who has passed away or maybe you’re concerned about a family member or a friend that seems “theologically opposed” to your way of thinking. More than anything, you want them to embrace the same knowledge and truth that you embrace. It may happen someday, and then again it may not. Yet we need to remember that God sees people through different eyes than we see them. And He loves them so much more than we are capable of loving them ourselves. So this means that while every person is alive on this earth our heavenly Father is going to go the extra mile, (and really the extra million miles,) to give everyone the chance to choose Him. The Bible says that he is fair and just and more wonderful than we can begin to imagine, so we don’t have to spend any time being anxious about it. We need to plant the “good seed” at every opportunity and then leave the harvest to the Lord of the harvest.

It’s a great comfort to know that God takes into consideration our different personalities, our cultures, our backgrounds, the burdens we carry and so much more because He is a merciful God! Here’s a few texts straight from the heart of God that talk about His mercy. Psalm 103:8 says “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy.” In other words, God’s brand of mercy goes way beyond the small interpretation we have as human beings for the word “mercy.” God is divinely merciful and “plenteous” in this divine kind of mercy.” The word “plenteous” in the original Hebrew means “abounding, exceedingly, multiplied, and extremely great in quantity.”
I also love Hebrews 8:12 where God says, “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more.” Think about this one for awhile...and be blessed! And ohhhhh here’s a good one, Psalm 117:2 says, “For His merciful kindness is great toward us...” That word “great” in the original Hebrew means “exceedingly strong and prevailing.” In other words that means “His mercy wins.” Then the end of the text says, “and the truth of the Lord endures forever.” So the truth about God’s mercy isn’t something that is here today and gone tomorrow. It’s forever!
The more I learn about God, the more I know that I can trust Him...and we can trust Him with the people that we love the most, because God loves them more... and He never forgets them. So let’s be diligent in planting the “good seed,” but then leave the rest to Jesus! (including the worry) He’s worthy of our praise, He’s worthy of our service and He’s worthy of our trust!

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