God so loved the world He sent His Son to die for it (John 3:16). Can you imagine giving your son to die for a world who doesn’t recognize what you’ve done for it? Most military families know what this is like. They chose to go into the service perhaps to do something great or become someone focused on something bigger than self.
We believers are called to make a similar sacrifice each day, to live out our life focused on God’s bigger plan. Christ didn’t wait for the world to accept Him before He died for it. We can’t wait either. We are called to die to self and forgive others just as Christ forgave us (Ephesians 4:32).
Along with Christ’s forgiveness comes liberty, only we use this liberty as an opportunity to server one another in love (Galatians 5:13). We don’t grow weary in doing what is right, for Christ didn’t grow weary before He completed His task of savings us all. For it is by His great power in us that enables us to finish the work we’ve been called to do.
Therefore, we keep on extending God’s mercy to everyone we come in contact with. The mercy we extend could very well be the turning point for someone causing them to give their life to Christ.
Lord, thank you for your mercy. Help us keep our mind focused on you and your purposes. Let us not grow weary in doing all that you called us to. Equip us with your mercy and allow us to forgive as you have forgiven us. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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