Friday, 7 June 2013
If we're honest we'll admit that we all need God's mercy. It doesn't come automatically, though. How can we recieve God's mercy?
1. Ask for it. 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
2. Pass it on. Matthew 6:14,15 "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
3. Don't exploit it. Don't take advantage of God's mercy. True repentance doesn't do it again. 1John 3:6 "No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him."
Hebrews 10:26 "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left."
Sobering words indeed!
(Adapted from David Pawson).