By Kathi Pelton
Did you know that God does not desire to bring judgement but deeply longs to extend mercy upon people and nations?
While living in the Washington DC region I was often (and surprisingly) overwhelmed by the love of God toward our nation. Quite honestly, it was never a stretch to comprehend his love for other nations but when I encounter the depth of love he has for the United States I would find myself weeping with gratitude as I experienced his mercy and kindness. Then I would remember Israel and how often his love and mercy triumphed over judgement— and I’d weep once again at the long-suffering love of God.
God not only desire to pour out mercy upon nations but upon you and your loved ones. Have you ever found yourself praying for your child, spouse or even yourself from a posture of “begging?” Somehow we forget that his word says,
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15
We would far quicker forget and abandon our very own children (or nations) than the Lord would. Though it is unthinkable— it remains true.
He desires mercy and we need to come into agreement with his longing rather than at all believe that we must beg him for it. It is time to “judge God rightly”— as the One who laid down his life for our children and our nations. None of us, currently living, have gone to that point thus far. Jesus has given his all and we need to begin to pray from the place of rightly discerning the depths of his love for us, for our families and for our nation.
Ask the Holy Spirit help you to comprehend the depths of God’s love and his desire to extend mercy.
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” Ephesians 3:18
He does not take pleasure in bringing judgement! Let’s declare the mercy of God and align with his desire to extend mercy to our families and our nations. If you’ve believed that God’s heart toward you is judgement— think again and believe his Word! He desires mercy— his love extends far further than your mind can even begin to understand.
Lastly, the key to receiving mercy is to “show mercy.”
“For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13
If the Church will rise up and extend mercy, they will unlock mercy over what they are praying for. Pray that those who claim Christ as their Savior but are pronouncing judgements upon others to repent and show mercy— pray for mercy!
Mercy will triumph over judgement!
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