May we be merciful as He is merciful . He is all knowledge and administers justice perfectly while we are imperfect and must defer to the mercy we have benefitted from Him.
Today’s reading: Isaiah 1-4.
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” Abraham Lincoln
Some Christians, at least the vocal ones, are too quick to hand down judgment and too slow to offer mercy. Not so with God. Though he is sure to judge, his judgments for his people come only after warnings, and are always followed by mercy. That’s a major theme of the whole book of Isaiah and the prophet places it front and center in the first chapter.
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case…
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