In the Word
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’” Zechariah 7:9
Of the Word
Mercy is not getting what is deserved. All people are born sinful and sin daily by what they do and by what they leave undone. The punishment from God for sin is death. But, God had a plan! He sent His Son Jesus to live a perfect life among mankind and then to suffer and die for the sins of all people. He rose again on the third day and reigns in heaven.
Because of this saving work, all believers in Jesus receive mercy from God. We deserve death, but instead we receive life in Jesus.
God’s people have received mercy and can therefore share that mercy with others. They can love and support their children, even when the children don’t deserve that love and support. A Christian home can be a sanctuary of mercy.
Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Make a concentrated effort to identify situations when you have been shown mercy. Share that same mercy with your child.
Walking with my Lord
Merciful Savior, thank You for not giving me what I deserve because of my sins. Help me to be merciful toward others. Make my home a sanctuary of mercy. In Your name. Amen.