Friday, June 17, 2016

"Mercy in God"

There is more mercy in God than sin is us. The Bible says, “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.”  That sure sounds like infinity to me.

To be in the Church, the body of Christ, is to have some insight concerning the mercy of God. The community of faith always has been, is, and no doubt will be an amazing mix of fallible souls. Only the mercy of God would allow us the opportunity to claim to be part of the body of Christ.

Somebody said, “I love humanity; it’s people that are the problem.”  Fortunately, those of us who claim to be part of the Church know that our salvation is an ongoing process. I have had the privilege of serving eight Presbyterian congregations. All of them have been made up of leaders, followers, comics and critics. They are always present; only the faces change.

That’s why we must keep remembering our calling to be new creations in Christ Jesus. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is a constant reminder that we have been bought at an awful price for a redemptive purpose. If there is one place in our culture where we are on equal footing, it is at the Lord’s Table.  We are all sinners in need of being embraced by God’s mercy and grace. Grace is God’s unconditional love for those who don’t deserve it. Having celebrated the sacrament, we leave the Lord’s Table with a sense that we can start over.

It reminds me of the old Vince Gill song, “One More Last Chance.”  There is more mercy in God than sin in us.


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