July 14

Written by Bill Grandi on July 14th, 2021

In this day and age of “justice this” and “justice that;” of riots; revenge; senseless killing and getting even, we need to hear and use and practice another word:


Jesus once said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” Please read it again. Is it saying the same to you as it is to me?

Those who show mercy will be shown mercy.

Mercy is a God-promise. Lamentation 3: 22-23 says, “The Lord’s acts of mercy indeed do not end, For His compassions do not fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” What does the word they refer to? Acts of mercy. Everyday God’s mercies are new. Mercy is a God theme.

Imagine if we would practice mercy instead of justice. God’s mercy runs throughout Scripture. Would there even be an Israel, a Jewish nation, if God only exercised justice and no mercy?  How many times do the Israelites merit justice but instead receive mercy? On the cross Jesus didn’t say, “Zap ’em good Father.” No. Instead He said, “Father, forgive them.”

I’m in that same boat. For each sin. For each wayward look. For each idolatrous attitude. For each angry thought or word directed toward Him or someone else. Justice deserved; mercy given.

According to Lamentations 3 God’s mercy will never end. It will never cease and grace will never disappear. Each and every day I/you experience God’s mercy. EACH. AND. EVERY. DAY.

And get this! It is not warmed over, stale mercy. Every day it is new!! Can’t beat that!

“Father, each day Your mercies are new. Remind me over and over of that truth and then to absorb it. Help me to live in the light of that mercy…with you and with others.”

Two notes: First, don’t think for a minute that I don’t believe there is a place for justice. I do, but that is a topic for another day. Two, all Scripture is from the NASB 2020 translation.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. I thought of Micha 6:8 immediately. Oh, to grow more and more like Jesus…

  2. Ryan S says:

    I once heard that – Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve… and Mercy is not receiving what we do.

    Mercy and Grace go hand in hand…

    It stuck in my mind.

    Good reminder today Bill.

  3. Yes, His mercies are thankfully new each day, Bill, and I can’t be more grateful.
    Just to let you know, Mom passed away on Monday. I’ll be writing a blog about that soon.
    Blessings, and thanks for your prayers!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I am so sorry to hear that Martha. But to know she is with Jesus and no longer suffering is a comfort. And yes, you are now experiencing His mercies.