Friday, April 22, 2011

Mercy and Truth

 8Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
 9The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
 10All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
 11For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. 

Mercy and Truth

What characterizes your life? If your acquaintances were to describe you in two words, what would they say? We are pretty good about excusing ourselves, so that is not really a very easy question to answer. As Christians, we often set the bar way too low as far as our own tolerance for sin in our own lives.

What characterizes God? If you were going to use two words to describe God, what would you say? In Psalm 25, David does just that. In verse 8, he said, Good and upright is the LORD, and in verse 10, All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth.

Why should our expectations of ourselves be any different? Yes, we live in a sinful and corrupted world, and our own sin nature constantly wages war within our hearts, but that is not a reason to give in to the temptation to accept less than the best.

I am a piano teacher, and I am amazed at how my own students' expectations of themselves influence their playing. A score of 90% is pretty good at school, so why is that not good enough for piano? Sadly, if they never expect to really get it right, they will not practice with that goal in mind.

As Christians, God has given us everything we need to live lives that are wholly committed to Him. First, He has provided payment for the debt of our sins, and has given us a place in His kingdom forever! Then, He has sent the Holy Spirit to live within our hearts and to lead and guide us in the way we should go. Thirdly, He has given us His Word to direct us in the way of mercy and truth.

How different would our world be today if all professing Christians determined to cast off the ways of the world, and, instead, to wholly commit themselves to living a Godly life characterized by mercy and truth? By His grace, let us lay aside all wickedness, envy, greed, anger, and all of the other traits that are so prevalent in the world in which we live. By His grace, may our lives, instead, be characterized by mercy and truth.

God Bless You,

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