Wednesday, 27 February 2019
According to the dictionary, mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
Have you ever pleaded for mercy (for yourself or for others)?
Jesus, hanging on the cross, suffering great pain – body, soul and spirit – said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Have you ever prayed: Father, forgive me; I know that what I am doing is wrong but I still do it. Have mercy on me. Or: Father, forgive him; He knows that what he is doing is wrong but he still does it. Have mercy on him. Help him…
Paul says that nothing good lives in him! He was referring to his sinful nature that he could not control. He wants to do what is right but he can’t. He wants to do what is good but he doesn’t. He doesn’t want to do what is wrong, but he does it anyway. He explains that it is sin living in him that does it. He admits that there is another power within him that is at war with his mind. This power makes him a slave to the sin that is still within him. In his cry to the Lord, he finds mercy and grace. (Romans 7:15-25)
Dear Father God,
Nothing good lives in us and we are battling sinful thoughts every day. We need is self-control and self-discipline but we cannot do it on our own. We need You! We need the power of the Holy Spirit to help us win every battle within us. May Your Word and the power of the Holy Spirit transform us day by day, renewing our minds, refining our hearts, and re-shaping us back into Your image. We want the world to see us as Children of God. Yes we do!
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, in Jesus’ name we pray.
Lam Yee Ling