October 2017, Vol. 36, No. 10

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The Need for Mercy

posted on January 23, 2018

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A mother of one of Napoleon’s men was pleading for the life of her son who had deserted his post. It was a heartfelt plea. “Please spare my son,” she begged. Napoleon replied, “If justice is to be met, he must hang!” “But sir,” she pleaded, “I’m not asking for justice, I’m begging for mercy!”

Every single one of us must be eager to cast ourselves at the mercy seat of the Almighty. None of us deserves the marvelous grace of God extended to us. We have been carnal and selfish and sinful and obnoxious and imperfect. So we have a Savior who pleads our case before the Father of lights. Jeremy Taylor wrote, “Mercy is like the rainbow God set in the clouds; it never shines after it is night.” If we refuse the Lord’s mercy, then we will be confronted with justice at the last great day. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Steve Clark Goad
Blythe, CA

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