by Lesley Cartwright
“The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression…” –Numbers 14:18.
How many of you are familiar with the lyrics to Duffy’s song, “Mercy?” The chorus goes something like “You got me on my knees, begging you for mercy. Why won’t you release me?” Sounds like a desperate plea for forgiveness doesn’t it? Now imagine being stalked by someone like that, demanding a reprieve? Disconcerting, isn’t it?
Yet, that is essentially what is going on in our minds every time we rehearse a past hurt or offense. We are letting it sap our energy because we won’t release it. This can become the most tiring tug-of-war you will ever play if you let it continue.
God could have left us in our fallen state, but He didn’t. He made a concession for us from the moment that Adam committed high treason and fell from rulership. Firstly, God had King David build the ark of the covenant which contained the Mercy Seat, aka the Grace Seat. Later Jesus came to earth to restore our full rights as sons in the Kingdom, reinstating us as kings. He brought us permanent grace and mercy so that no matter what we did, He has us covered.
Matt 6:14 says that if we forgive others who have sinned against us, then God will forgive us. It’s easy to say, “But so and so did this and that, and besides, why must I always be the one to say sorry?” In God’s Kingdom, He tells us to esteem others more highly than ourselves (Phil 2:3). The Word also says that as far as it depends on you, walk in peace with all men (Rom 12:18). Titus 3:2 says, “To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing humility to all men.” If we insist on holding onto hurt, it’s quickly going to cripple our spiritual walk.
Do you have a “needle stuck in the groove” issue that needs to be picked up and moved onto the next song? The easiest way to get rid of a bad song is simply to skip to a good one. God showed us mercy and forgave our iniquity. In the same way, let us do likewise to others.
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