The Offense of Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

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If there is no God, specifically no God of love, what do I need mercy for?
Am I not free to do and think and be whatever I want?

Does it matter
if I spurn others
because they don’t believe
or think
or live like me?

Does it matter
if I turn away
from the poor,
the traffiked,
the disabled,
the refugee,
the liberal,
the conservative?

What does it matter if there is no God
and eternity no longer exists in the heart of men?

If everything is right in our own eyes, is there sin?
Is there evil?

Therefore there is no separation from what is Absolutely Good and Holy and Lovely because what is Absolutely Good and Holy and Lovely
does. not. exist.

Mercy is not needed.
We are left to ourselves.

But what if we’ve been given a gift?
What if we ‘ve been given the gift of a holy shame?

A shame that burns in our hearts when we lie.
A shame that colors our cheeks when we hurt someone.
A shame that pricks our intellect when we realize we are wrong.

What if we suddenly understand that
in light of an Absolutely Good and Holy and Lovely God…
Jesus…
though all of our deeds be like filthy rags
there, right in front of us is
Mercy.

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“Sometimes God offends our minds in order to reveal our hearts.”- John Wimber

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2 thoughts on “The Offense of Mercy

  1. “A righteous response to these times of testing brings great blessing.” John Wimber. Equipping The Saints, Vol. 3, No. 3/Summer 1989 This was a great season to be in the Vineyard.

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