7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges … Continue reading Mercy and Not Sacrifice
A Holy Family Tree In our introduction to Matthew's Gospel, the author gives to us a genealogy of Jesus Christ. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of … Continue reading A Family Under Grace
I have fallen under my load, My burden has caused me to stumble. I am a sheep overwhelmed by my baggage, My sins have caused this sheep to fall. It has caused a wound to my soul, My transgressions have made a deep gash in my heart. My anguish, I cannot heal myself, No salve … Continue reading Rescued by the Good Shepherd
The angel has now departed the virgin, Mary is left alone with her thoughts. Yet even with the Light gone, she still glows, The maiden's faith shines brightly in the dark room. The damsel remains on her knees in meditation, There is much to consider as she kneels. Then she begins to pray to the … Continue reading Advent Day 10- Virgin’s Faith
In a flash, the scene changes, We are taken to a different setting in an instant. Now the Light shines within a house of worship, We are shown the holiest of places. Here a devout man gives prayers to God, Petitions to the Lord does Zachariah offer up. Then an angel appears to the priest, … Continue reading Advent Day 8- Prelude to Hope
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (King James Version) The Apostle John tells us in the verse above that if we confess our sins, our heavenly Father will forgive us and wipe away the stain that … Continue reading The Power of Confession
My heart will not think of sorrow,
But my soul will consider the wonders of God.
When dark times come I won’t despair,
I will take delight in the Light of the Lord.
I will not fear when evil comes my way,
In the King of Kings will my courage stand.
So I will give praise for God’s blessings,
Thinking of despair produces nothing good.
The Prince of Peace is Good,
The Wonder of the Almighty I give thanks.
I will proclaim Him to all the nations,
Forever, I will tell all people how awesome He is.
For God alone gave me grace,
Even when I didn’t deserve it, He gave me mercy.
What does these verses from the Psalms tell us? They show the very nature of God. Although we betray Him with our sinful ways, when we are in distress and call out to Him, He is quick to respond and deliver us from our horrid state.
Why would the Almighty do such a thing? Let’s make one thing clear, He saves not because we deserve it. If anything, we deserve to rot in the consequences of our sin.
Furthermore, the Lord does not save because He is gullible. He knows our nature and our tendency to rebel because of sin in us. He responds to our cries because it is a part of His nature.
Our Lord is full of grace and mercy. Those who seek Him and cry out to Him, He will come and rescue. He does this to show us that He is good and that we should trust Him alone and turn away from our sinful ways. Let us therefore abandon our sinful desires and embrace our Heavenly Father. It is better to know the goodness of the Lord this way rather than the hard way, after experiencing the consequences of our sin.
Have you ever considered the grace that we have been given in Jesus Christ? Looking back at my life, I am humbled that even though I was so sinful, Christ loved me anyway. Ponder with me the limitless mercy that God has given to us.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16, Paul gives us this instruction: Always be Joyful. Such a statement is profound in its simplicity. Yet it is so hard for people to have joy. May this poem remind you as to why we must always be joyful.