By Toyin Olugbemi, PhD
Mercy works wonders in every area of life. It is a necessity, as it makes for a meaningful, glorious and fruitful life.
A life that pleases God is the product of His mercy. It is by grace we are saved and mercy is what covers and speaks for a man to enjoy the goodness of God and the riches of His glory. The sovereign Lord has created all things for His good pleasure and man, particularly for His own glory.
“For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore, hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will he hardeneth.” Romans 9:17-18, KJV
Let the mercy of God have its way in your life.
What Mercy Does
There is so much that mercy facilitates in life. Without mercy, life will be quite tough and distasteful. Let’s look at what mercy can do in one’s life.
- Mercy allows for God’s purpose of election: Mercy makes a man available for divine selection for God’s special use. Mercy located and drew Moses close to God so much that God Himself testified concerning him and made him see His glory and live (Exodus 33:19, Numbers 12:5-8).
- Divine revelation is by the mercy of God: Mercy commands knowledge which commands freedom in all areas of life (John 8:32, 36; Mark 10:49). Blind Bartimaeus’ perception of Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of David that Israel has long been waiting for, profited him in getting his sight restored by Jesus Christ. That’s the work of mercy.
- Life’s turnaround for fruitfulness and productivity: Mercy will make a man fruitful, productive and useful to himself and to others as well. Blind Bartimaeus was desirous of turning his life around by the mercy of the Lord to restore his sight, so he could stop begging and being a liability to others (Mark 10:46-47). By the grace of God, you will never beg for food to eat again in life in Jesus name.
- Open doors by mercy: Mercy opens doors when all hope is lost and one appears totally overwhelmed by darkness and confusion, as in the situation of Bartimaeus. He had no one to help him; rather those who should help were the very ones asking him to shut up and stop his cry for mercy.
- Mercy transforms lives to fulfil destiny: It changes a man to satisfy God’s purpose and delight God (Psalms 89:26-28, 2 Samuel 7;14-15).
- Mercy releases all-round peace: With all-round peace, blessings and miracles cannot be farfetched. (Psalms 136:1-26) Solomon experienced all-round peace.
- Mercy attracts heavenly attention: Mercy draws the attention of God. Despite the huge crowd and the cacophony of voices attempting to shut him down, Bartimaeus, by the mercies of the Lord, still got the desired attention of Jesus Christ (Mark 10:46-52).
- Divine discharge and acquittal: The mercy of God is what declares the repentant sinner who turns to Christ as being totally discharged and acquitted from the court of the enemy, being redeemed and freely justified by the blood of Jesus Christ. Redemption, Justification, and Salvation are works of mercy through the grace of Jesus Christ.
- Free justification: Mercy justifies you before God (Luke 18:10-14).
- Divine ease and pleasure: Mercy makes life easy and bearable for the penitent. Difficult task becomes easy by grace which often goes hand in hand with mercy. Mercy says it is time for unmerited favour and calls forth grace.
- Divine advocacy: Whatever Satan and his agents say will not count before God. You have a covering of mercy against all your accusers since you have been justified and safeguarded from the accuser of the brethren. You indeed have Jesus as your Advocate of Mercy before the Father.
- Blessings and wonders galore: Mercy makes the lines to fall unto you in pleasant places and your path is dotted with blessings. The entire history, glorious deeds and dealings of God with the children of Israel are the accounts of God’s mercy, particularly to His own people, as detailed in Psalms 136:1-26.
There is no aspect of life where mercy does not speak for us. The cry for mercy is very powerful. That is why it is an effective prayer in the mouth of everyone, both the righteous and the sinful. “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me” remains an ever-powerful prayer in the mouth of everyone, particularly, sinners!