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The Key to Mercy



I recently read the following quote by John Piper – “The key to mercy: be more amazed that you’re forgiven than that you’re wronged.”

Piper’s statement caused a flood of verses to fill my mind.  To name a few – blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him (Psalm 32:2); He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:10); while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8); God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions (Ephesians 2:4-5).

The hardest part about being merciful is withholding what I believe another person deserves – but that’s the essence of mercy, and that, in Christ is what I have received.

In my interactions with others, I don’t want to make the mistake of the unmerciful servant, who, having been forgiven an enormous debt by his master, refused to excuse a small debt owed to him by his servant (Matthew 18:21-35).

Focusing on the mind-blowing enormity of the forgiveness Christ has extended to me shifts my focus from the one who wronged me to the One I have wronged repeatedly.  His response to me has been abundant pardon.

That’s amazing.

Written by Abbey Le Roy, MA in Theological Studies from CIU's Seminary and School of Ministry

"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11

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