Blessed Be Thy Mercy

“Blessed be thy mercy that laid help on one that is mighty and willing, one that is able to save to that uttermost. Make us deeply sensible of our need of his saving grace, of the blood that cleanses, of the rest he has promised, And impute to us that righteousness which justifies the guilty, gives them a title to enternal life, and posession of the Spirit.”

I’m still one of those who believes in things like sin and hell and forgiveness and grace and salvation and eternal life. I don’t have to be convinced of sin other than to look at my own life and at how many times it’s been way easier to be selfish and lazy than to be disciplined and sacrificial. I don’t have to be argued into my need of a Savior when every day I find myself doing what I don’t want to do and not doing what I know I ought to do (as did that old apostle of yore by the name of Paul).

It’s politically and societally incorrect to say that we’re all sinners in need of a Savior, but even a cursory glance bears this out. You don’t have to look far to find the fallenness in us. You don’t have to use your imagination to see that we’re bent toward evil rather than good. Left to our own devices, we’re all screwed.

But God in His mercy . . . one of my favorite phrases in all of the Bible. He’s the one who died for us while we were yet sinners. He’s the one who loved us first when we were yet unlovable. He’s the one who laid down His life for us His enemies when hardly any of us would lay down our lives for even our friends. God didn’t just say how much He loved us but demonstrated it in Jesus taking up that cross and following it to death.

I’d rather have this Jesus than anything else, even if it means that I’m unpopular. Even if it means losing Facebook friends. Even if it means losing real friends. Because what do I gain if I have all the followers and fame and treasures and accolades in all the world but not Jesus? Not a blessed thing.

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