07 | Mercy
On the 7th day of Christmas, I’d like to acknowledge Bonnie Liegey. Believe it or not, you actually operate in the gift of Mercy, and you do it often. I’ve been serving in ministry with you for almost 10 years, and I’ve never met anyone with more capacity for “helping.” I’ve seen people neck deep in a project, overwhelmed and over their head, and you step in and relieve them from the pressure…no questions, not giving them criticism or teaching a lesson, but simply giving them a gift. I’ve learned over the years that your heart is to simply help people. And thats what the gift of mercy leads us to do, it leads us to help.
Today’s Reading: Luke 1:50
A Simple Thought: God is MERCY.
“…His mercy extends from generation to generation.” He withholds from us the justice that we deserve and he replaces it with grace, giving us gifts we don’t deserve.
Personally, sometimes I give myself a hard time. I’m not quick to show myself mercy. And it often feels like others have very little patience or mercy with me. In a ministry world, you have little room for error before someone decides to walk out. People will gossip and criticize you for not meeting expectations that you didn’t even know they had. Knowing that, I tend to handcuff myself with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of man. What will they think? Why are they always mad at me? They don’t give me the benefit of the doubt. They’re not very encouraging. And I know I’m not perfect. My own sin is already staring at me in the face, and when others throw it in my face it stings even more. Yet, God is merciful with me. He releases me from any punishment or condemnation I do deserve, and he replaces it with a gift I do not deserve. From generation to generation, God is merciful. He’s not just merciful toward me, God’s going to be merciful with my children, my grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren.