Mercy's Message Mondays has an encouraging word for you this week! Share it with friends...
Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up sick, crawl to the bathroom mirror, and mumble under you breath, "Well, this is the price I pay for _________..." ?
I had one of those moments recently. I had cleaned my whole house top to bottom, and as usual, I woke up with allergies and a very sore throat. Dust and cleaning products do that to me. It's why I've had a housekeeper for years, and sadly, she recently had to quit on me. Probably good timing, though. I'm trying to be more self-sufficient and budget better. Anyways ...
Getting ready for work I thought, "Well, that's the price I pay for cleaning ..."
But, this time, immediately, I heard Jesus say to me, "NO, THAT'S THE PRICE I PAID! Don't accept this sickness. Tell it to go!"
It takes another level of faith to truly accept Jesus paid for it all. Every mistake, every ailment, every consequence ... the ones that are our fault, and the ones that aren't.
When He died on the cross, He made a way for us to accept forgiveness quickly, accept His authority over Satan quickly, and receive healing and restoration in whatever areas of our lives are broken due to sin and/or this fallen world.
"Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders..." a popular Christian song says.
Why is it we can sometimes forgive ourselves for one area of weakness in our lives, but beat ourselves up and accept sickness or punishment or judgement in others?
Maybe we need to throw away the borders, or rethink those areas where we are being hard on ourselves... not to give ourselves a license to sin, but to give us the freedom to do better tomorrow.
"So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment."
What is the "law of liberty" exactly? It's the freedom we find in our friendship with Jesus Christ.
If you recall, Adam was created for unhindered relationship with God. Abraham was a friend of God. David made mistakes, but maintained a close friendship with God.
The law of liberty is the unconditional love we find inside of a friendship where our friend (in this case Jesus) loves us enough to tell us the truth and hold our feet to the fire when needed, yet also is quick to forgive us and help us do better next time.
His judgement was satisfied on the cross, and His mercy flows from His love and friendship, His desire to have a real relationship with us.
If you've been accepting punishment for a sin in any area of your life, turn to your Friend, Jesus, today, and start fresh.
His mercies are new every morning!