The Awesome Mercy of God


Have you ever felt that your heart was, in a farmer’s graphic words, “as heavy as a bucket of hog livers”? If so, you know the experience of having your psyche paralyzed by a pervasive guilt that almost blocks the response to Jesus’ gentle prompting: “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1; 14:27). Of all 27 emotions, guilt is probably the most corrosive to our physical and emotional integrity. Yet, most guilt-torn souls have at least some faint awareness that God has the answer, and their pleadings reflect those of David: “Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise… Let your mercy come to me” (Ps. 119:76-77). Jesus explains the slavery that sin produces: “Very truely, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin… [But] if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:34-36). To escape from the slavery of sin and guilt simply become poignantly aware of the Lord’s passionate desire to deliver every soul from such bondage–instantly–by his great mercy. How to avail yourself of the ever-present divine loving mercy is what these teachings explain.

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