God's Mercy - Why Do Some Get More Than Others?

God's Mercy - Why Do Some Get More Than Others?

Psalm 94:18(KJV) - When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.

I have a confession to make. This was The Word of The Lord for yesterday but I chose to release, "What's Your Philosophy?" instead. This is such a deep topic that I tried to wiggle my way out of it. Nonetheless, I need to obey God. I know the story of Jonah and since I prefer to eat fish instead of the other way around let's get back to the series at hand. If God wants us to focus on His mercy right now that's exactly what we're going to do. 🙂 Therefore, this is a continuation of our current series on The Anointing. Click here for the previous article, "When The Lord's Anointed Go Rogue." Today, we're going to continue the study with some thoughts that came out of that blog.

Exodus 33:19(KJV) - And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

Romans 9:13-15(NKJV) - As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”

Wow! That's intense. God said He hated Esau but loved Jacob. Read Malachi 1:1-3 for the direct quotation from God. That's exactly what He said. Wow! Why did Jacob get God's mercy and not Esau? Hmm... That definitely makes me think. To whom does God show His mercy? That's a simple question. God shows mercy to whomever He chooses. He makes the rules and we just have to live by them. Good, that's it for the day. See you tomorrow. 😉

.... and we're back. Seriously, for the last few days I wrestled with this question in my heart. Why is it that certain people get more chances after they slip up than others? Some people live in sin for decades without facing the judgment of God while others slip up once and are instantly chastised. God is no respecter of persons according to Acts 10:34 so there must be some method to His mercy. Maybe it's beyond our human understanding but since He wants us to study it, let's try to understand what He shows us. Everyone reaps what they sow but how soon or how much is a reflection of God's mercy.

Let's start by defining the word "mercy" as it's used in The Bible. According to "Strong's Lexicon" it appears in many places in The Old Testament as the word "chanan" which means "to show favor, be gracious or pity." So why is it that after people disobey God's directions, some are shown great favor or pity while others are not shown as much? Is it completely random or does God have a method to His mercy?

Before I go any further let me clarify something that may trigger confusion. This topic is not about salvation or your eternal destiny. That's covered by The Blood of Jesus as long as you're saved according to Romans 10:9&10. However, after salvation there are certain principles which still govern life on earth before the return of Jesus Christ. According to Apostle Paul's letter to The Church in Galatians 6:7-8, whatever you sow you shall reap. They were already Christians so if this principle applied to them, it also applies to us.

I'll list a couple points today and we'll address them in detail starting tomorrow. You can meditate on these scriptures and prepare your heart as we dig into this topic. Get ready to dive into some deep revelation from the scriptures. We have to do this and we have to do this now. It's on God's heart so it needs to be on our own too.

God's Mercy - Why Do Some Get More Than Others?

A Method To God's Mercy

1) God only accepts true repentance. He looks at people's hearts and knows if their outward repentance is real or not.

Joel 2:12-14(NKJV) - “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him— A grain offering and a drink offering For the Lord your God?

Proverbs 28:13(KJV) - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

2) God judges people based on what they know. Every man is not treated equally.

Luke 12:47-48(NKJV) - And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

1 Timothy 1:12-14(KJV) - And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

3) Those who have shown mercy to others will receive mercy from God. His Kingdom is based on seed, time and harvest.

Psalm 109:14-17(NKJV) - Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. Let them be continually before the Lord, That He may cut off the memory of them from the earth; Because he did not remember to show mercy, But persecuted the poor and needy man, That he might even slay the broken in heart. As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.

Matthew 5:7(KJV) - Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

James 2:13(NLT) - There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

4) People who judge themselves before receiving God's judgment get special access to God's mercy.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32(NKJV) - For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

5) People can inherit mercy because of their family history.

Deuteronomy 7:9(NKJV) - “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Psalm 18:50(KJV) - Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

Luke 1:50(KJV) - And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Luke 1:70-75(KJV) - As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

1 Peter 2:9-10(KJV) - But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 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.

God's Mercy - Why Do Some Get More Than Others

6) God's decision to show mercy is affected by a person's relationship with Him. Certain people access more mercy than others.

Exodus 20:5-6(KJV) - Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Psalm 25:10(KJV) - All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Psalm 32:10(KJV) - Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.

Psalm 33:22(KJV) - Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Psalm 86:5(KJV) - For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Psalm 103:11(KJV) - For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

7) God's mercy and truth go together. When people accept God's truth, they unlock His mercy.

Genesis 24:27(KJV) - And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren.

1 Kings 3:6(KJV) - And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

Psalm 85:9-10(NKJV) - 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.

Proverbs 3:3(KJV) - Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Proverbs 16:6(KJV) - By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

2 John 1:3(KJV) - Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

That's enough for today. There is so much more to say but I don't think we can handle any more today. It looks like we're at the beginning of a very long series. I invite you to stick around and see where The Lord will take us. Let's take our time, launch out into the deep and try to understand more of God's mercy tomorrow.

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