Drill down deep into your soul and think about what you are most thankful for. Would mercy be near the top of your list?
Let’s suppose you cheated on your boyfriend or girlfriend, stole money from your roommate’s wallet or lied to your boss. You sincerely regret and feel ashamed of your actions. You want to come clean, but naturally, you fear their reaction.
What type of person would be easier to confess to? And what in that person’s response might help you make better choices in the future?
The same questions apply when we’re deciding whether to go to God when we’ve sinned against Him. Doesn’t God’s nature (or at least the way we perceive His nature) influence whether we choose to confess our wrongdoing to Him? And wouldn’t it affect whether we’d have the confidence to trust Him to help us overcome temptation next time?
Sometimes, we have a misperception of how God feels about us when we’re struggling. We’re so convinced He’s disappointed in us that we choose either to remain in our sin or try to change on our own. Although God hates sin and how it destroys us, His mercy and grace are real and available. Listen to Hebrews 4:16 (ESV):
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
I wonder if we appreciate the throne of grace enough. I wonder if we can ever thank God enough for His mercy. I doubt it.
Think about how wretched our life, how wretched our very self would be if we couldn’t go to Him when we’re at our weakest. When we feel like a failure. When we need to feel His loving presence in our time of need.
And while we’re still in God’s presence, let’s also ask Him for grace to go to those we’ve betrayed, stolen from, lied to – all those we’ve wronged – so we can come clean, walk away from our shame and experience mercy again.
Mercy. It’s something to be thankful for.