Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Sunday, April 05, 2020

The Greatness of God's Mercy

God, who is rich in mercy.
EPHESIANS 2:4

One of the problems David faced when he came to the throne was how to treat the descendants of Saul. Many a cruel tyrant would have utterly destroyed the descendants of a previous regime in order to establish his own dynasty. But David showed great mercy when he took a helpless grandson of Saul and made him a guest at his table (II Sam. 9). Yet how infinitely greater is the mercy God displays in our salvation.

First, Gods mercy is greater in His bringing us out from rebellion and sin. Though Gods way is perfect, we chose to go our own way in fulfilling the desires of our flesh and mind (Eph. 2:3). We sided with the rebellion of this world rather than with God, and we served under the prince of the power of the air (v. 2). No one could fault God if He went to war against such children of wrath and utterly destroyed them. But we read that God was rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us (v. 4). By grace He saved us rather than give us the damnation we deserved. What a mystery! That the Lord of glory should treat us kindly is wonderful, but that He should love us surpasses imagination! Oh! let us never forget the love of God bestowed on us rebellious sinners.

Second, Gods mercy is greater in His bringing us to a place of exaltation and glory. In uniting us to Christ, God has quickened, raised, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ (vv. 5-6). We now have a perfect standing before God. We read concerning Sauls grandson that he later fell out of favour with David (II Sam. 19:24-30), but we can never lose the favour of the Lord. His purpose of grace for us is eternal and unchangeable. He intends in the ages to come to shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:7). In the light of this surpassing mercy to us, ought we not to do the will and work of our Saviour with joy?

Sin is brought in with birth, and not removed save by the new birth.
Augustine

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