BY THE MERCY OF GOD
it is by the mercy of god that we are not consumed.
A story was told of a man called Saul of Tarsus In Acts 9, who prevailed by the mercy of God despite his hatred for Jesus Christ.
we learn Saul of Tarsus was one of the most religious men who ever lived.
He could boast, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
But what was this saintly/pious man doing?
it is by the mercy of god that we are not consumed, Consider God’s action toward this man who became the greatest Christian evangelist who ever lived.
Suddenly there shines round about him a light from heaven. What for? To confound him? To put him under guilt and condemnation? To destroy him? To pronounce wrath and judgment on him? No—but to announce that his iniquity is forgiven and his sins covered just by the mercy of God.
Picture Saul lying prostrate before the shining light and hearing the voice of Jesus, instead of hearing denunciation of a holy God for the path he was on.
The words he heard are, “I am Jesus!” There was not a word of the wickedness of what he was doing.
Why this? The one he persecuted was his greatest friend.
Beloved, this same Jesus offers us the same mercy.
Deserving judgment and denunciation, we hear him say, “I am Jesus, your Redeemer.”
Thank him this day for the mercy he has shown you.
Remember, it is by the mercy of god that we are not consumed.