“But God, who is abundant in mercy…” (Ephesians 2:4a)
This verse states a wonderful core truth – we were dead, but God acted. God acted on our behalf because of who He is, because of His nature. Mercy is part of the nature of God, and we know through the word and through experience that God is abundant in mercy. This mercy flows from His great love for us.
Paul points us to several results of God’s mercy: 1) He made us alive when we were dead and separated from Him, 2) He raised us up spiritually and seated us with Christ in the heavenly realm, 3) He saved us from the penalty of our sins, and 4) He prepared in advance a life of good works so that we could help others find their way to Him also.
Mercy sounds like some abstract concept until you need it and experience it. That is when you realize the power of its healing ability.
Lord, Your mercy is new every day, and we thank You for it. Amen.