Most of us have heard the simple definitions regarding the mercy and grace of God. It is said that mercy is not receiving what we deserve from the Lord (his judgment for our sin), and grace is receiving what we don’t deserve from the heart of our Savior.
But I like the commentary from A.W. Pink regarding God’s mercy. He said, “It is His ready inclination to relieve the misery of fallen creatures.” Because of His great mercy, there is no hesitation on God’s part to reach out, forgive, and then bless even the worst sinner among us.
“His ready inclination…” That reminds me of the mental picture I have of the father in Luke 15, standing out on a hillside fervently searching for his prodigal son. I believe he was out there every single day, peering into the horizon and hoping for a glimpse of his beloved boy. He couldn’t wait to embrace him, forgive him, and shower him with blessings. That is mercy!
“His ready inclination…” Those words also accurately depict the heart of our Redeemer. Consider the message from Colossians 2:13-14: “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us, he took it away, nailing it to the cross.” That is mercy!
“His ready inclination” is truly the bedrock of our spiritual life. As the Scripture says, His mercy allows us to “live, move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Without His kind willingness to pay the price for our rebellion, we would be miserable in this life and separated from God for all eternity.
I believe that God’s favor towards mankind begins with His mercy. That “ready inclination” allows us to stand before our Creator without condemnation—and then His blessings flow.
Definitely something to mull over this week…