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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Mercy Glories

Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.
~ Psalms 85:9-10 (NKJV)

Be speaking and be doing as those about to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Dispensation of mercy glories over dispensation of justice.
~ James 2:12-13 (author)

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
upon the place beneath.
It is twice blest.
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes....
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
when mercy seasons justice.

~ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

So a stimulus package has been approved. Justice lost this round. Taxpayers shall share the wealth—likely with D.C. as much as with the economically struggling.

Nonetheless, if our nation behaved itself in accordance with Christian principles, we would have never come to this. We might not have suffered the injustice of government's compulsion to redistribute non-existent dollars if we had voluntarily pulled together. We might have seen salvation from economic hardship in the first place if our nation still feared God.

We've not adequately shown mercy, and we shall thus suffer injustice. We can take consolation in the fact that mercy glories over justice. If compelled to bow to injustice for the sake of mercy, we can thank God that we shall likewise receive mercy rather than justice for our sins.

O Lord our God, King of the Universe, the earth and all its fullness are Yours, the world and those who dwell therein also. All we are and all we have belongs to You. Please give us hearts ever ready to show mercy. Please make us ever grateful that Your mercy glories.

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