Great Mercy

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3-4 HCSB

Have you ever forgiven someone who did not deserve to be forgiven? I watched a movie in which a little girl was killed by a drunk driver. The mother of the girl had already lost her husband in an accident. She was bitter and wanted to see the man who killed her little girl pay for his crime and suffer like she was suffering. In the end she realized that bitterness and hatred would not accomplish anything. She chose to forgive the man even though he did not deserve it.

We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We do not deserve to be forgiven but because of God’s love and great mercy we have been forgiven and been given eternal life. Because of what Jesus did on the cross we have hope for the future.

Challenge: To be like Jesus we need to have mercy on those who have hurt us, even when they don’t deserve it. Who do you need to forgive and have great mercy towards? Thank God for His great mercy towards you.

Note: I apologize for First Things First not being delivered on time. It has been delayed due to my mother being in the hospital. I appreciate your prayers for her. I will send a couple of devotions each day to catch up. May God richly bless you and thanks for reading First Things First.

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