Personally, having grown up in today’s self-centered, ‘me focused’ culture, I often get pulled into the mindset of entitlement and feeling of deservingness when it comes to the things I wish to have-like grades, and how I feel others should treat me. At the end of the day, I realize I probably don’t deserve most of what I have, and if we’re completely honest, we ultimately all deserve death. As Paul says it, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not the end of the story, though, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope.” Friends, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3)! When we were dead in sin, far from God, and living lives that rebuked him, he chose to show us a great mercy!
God’s mercy is the compassion and forgiveness he shows us when we deserve death. This is because, as humans, we were born into sin and are unable to escape its grasp, putting us far from God. But there is good news! God sent down his son Jesus, who lived a perfect life, to pay the price for our sins through his death and resurrection. He did this so that we might know him and have life eternally with him. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He painted a perfect picture of grace by sending us a Savior when we didn’t deserve one. What a gracious Father! This should draw out thankfulness in our hearts.
Pray something like this today:
Dear Lord, help me go into my day with you at the forefront of my mind. Help me to have a heart of thankfulness that overflows for you and long to serve you. Thank you for having mercy on me when we were undeserving of your love and grace, amen.