“Mercy: What a gift”

Think a Minute…There’s a story about a very poor family who inherited $100,000. The mother knew this was their only chance to buy a nice little house and a better life. The daughter saw the money as her only chance to go to medical school and become a doctor.

But the older brother wanted the $100,000 to start a business with his friend. He promised his mother and sister that he would soon pay back the money.

Well, the mother decided to give her son the one chance he needed to start a business and become successful. But just a few days later, that son’s business friend took all the money and ran. That family’s only hope for a better life was completely gone.

You can imagine how terribly guilty the son felt. His sister was so angry she hated him for what he had done. She called him the worst names she could think of. But her mother stopped her and said to her daughter: “Don’t you know that the time to love somebody is not just when they’re doing well.

That’s not real love. Real love is loving someone when they’re at their worst and failed. When they can’t believe in themselves. It’s now that your brother needs our love and acceptance the most! And if you haven’t learned that, then you haven’t learned anything!”

That’s the kind of love and mercy God has given you and me. There’s no possible way we can ever earn or deserve God’s love and forgiveness. We’re like the soldier in Napolean’s army who was being punished for a crime he had done. His mother begged the great leader Napolean for mercy on her son. Napolean said: “Woman, your son does not deserve mercy.” And the mother answered: “I know, sir. If he deserved it, then it would not be mercy.”

You see, it’s God’s mercy and love that Jesus Christ died to give us. Because He knows it’s our only hope for a better life both now, and after we die. So won’t you ask Jesus right now for His gift of mercy and new life? Just ask Him to forgive you for all your wrongs in the past, and to help you start changing with Him in charge of your life today, and every day. Just Think a Minute…

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