When God Leads A Nation, Mercy Triumphs

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“May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth” (Psalms 67:4).

Today, many people throughout the world are seeking justice. Many more cry out for mercy. In the United States, right now, minority groups are asking for racial justice. Some are demanding it while rioting and looting and injuring others.

A bigger issue world-wide exists as people are being denied fairness and are being punished because of their faith. Christians are being martyred because they show their loyalty to God and Jesus.

But we have a God who judges fairly and rules with mercy and love (Psalms 9:13-14). Following the Lord’s example, we should be a people who recognize the leadership of our God and view each other as His children.

We know that “There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you” (James 2:13, NLT).

All who call upon the name of the Lord should not seek vengeance but should show mercy just as the Lord has been merciful to us. Hate only breeds hate. But kindness and mercy will produce fruit after its kind (1 Thessalonians 5:15; Leviticus 19:18; Luke 6:27-28; Ephesians 4:31-32).

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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