How do you handle your mistakes?
1 John 1:7-10 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband, Uriah, murdered, Nathan the prophet confronted him. David deserved death for his sin, but he repented and instead of judging him, the Lord showed mercy and forgave his sin.
Many people ask the question, What is truth? Today, absolute truth has been watered down. It’s more about tolerance than absolute truth these days. If there is no true, there is no false.
Biblically speaking, truth does not care what you’re feeling. Truth brings forth judging. Judgment must be established upon immutable truth. It was the law that exposed sin.
Truth does not waver. Truth brings light. Truth is precise. Truth reveals things to you.
Judgment ought to come when a violation of truth comes. In Scripture, we find judgment coming when truth is violated. However, mercy is also present throughout the Bible, even more than judgment.
Eph 2:4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,”
2 Cor 1:3 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;”
There is a difference between grace and mercy. Grace is getting something you don’t deserve. Mercy is not getting something you do deserve.
David deserved to die, but God gave him a second chance. The hand of judgment was stayed by the hand of God. David not only didn’t die, he didn’t lose his crown. Judgment said David will always be in a battle, but mercy said he would always get the victory in the battle.
Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Purge means ‘un-sin me’. Hyssop is used to apply the blood.
Heb 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
Rom 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
The apostle Paul had a choice on the road to Damascus. He could choose to die and be judged or take that second chance and serve Jesus.
The woman at the well got another chance. The woman caught in the act of adultery got another chance.
1 Peter 2:10 “Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Truth reveals sin, but mercy conceals it. Truth is black and white, but mercy is a prism.
James 2:13 “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” (KJV) “For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; but [to the one who has shown mercy] mercy triumphs [victoriously] over judgment.” (AMP)
Isa 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”
There is another chance. You may be filled with guilt and shame, but Jesus’ shed blood covers all of that. Of course, you have to repent, be baptized in Jesus’ name, and be filled with His Spirit. After that, confess, trust God to forgive and cleanse. (I John 1:9)
These things deactivate mercy: Feeling Unworthy, Pride, Worldly Tendencies, and Unforgiveness.
These things activate mercy: Confess, Worship, Exercise Faith, and Show Mercy.
Don’t be defined by your mistakes, instead, let mercy define you.
- Why do people try to hide their mistakes?
- Why do you think people refuse to receive mercy?
- How have you experienced mercy in your life?
- Describe a time where you witnessed someone showing mercy.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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