Proverbs 16:6 says, “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged…” As a child of God I can’t think of better weaponry than this when dealing with other people whether it is our children, unsaved family, or friends and co-workers. As we approach Christmas and have opportunity to interact with family and friends, I want to strongly encourage you to remember mercy and truth.
If you’re like me, oftentimes we stand strong in the truth and forget mercy; for most of us mercy isn’t our spiritual gift. How then can I marry these two and make them part of who I am? How do they become part of my DNA and not something of which I need to be reminded?
The answer lies in something that Mrs. Jean Peterson said in her testimony at the Thanksgiving service. She quoted Psalm 119:130, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.” She followed that verse by saying, “of which I am one.” She said that she was one of the simple ones. I am one of the simple ones too. I haven’t lived as long as Mrs. Peterson and I haven’t walked with God as long as she has, but her humble statement “of which I am one” says so much. It acknowledges that we are needy. It says that I can’t obtain mercy and truth without understanding; this understanding comes only from God’s Word.
Mercy and truth. The confederation of these is like putting peanut butter with jelly, a hand in a glove, a summer’s day picnic with a loved one. They just go together to perform something that is unstoppable; something that our sphere of influence – whether saved or lost – desperately need to see in our lives.
As you approach the holidays and someone steals your parking spot: mercy and truth. The family member that knows exactly what to say to move you from happy to angry in a split second: mercy and truth. May mercy and truth abound in your heart so others can see Christ in you.