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Why is mercy so important to God?
June 5 - June 9, 2023 | Always Peachy Devotionals | Mercy Week 3
Welcome to the first week of summer!
Is this year flying by, or is it just me? I know I say that all the time. I just am always so surprised by how quickly time goes—and I’m not even having fun! (Well, it depends on the day.)
So much has been happening in the last few weeks, I hardly even know where to start. But the biggest event I want to draw your attention to is that my latest devotional book just dropped last week:
Living Courage: An Always Peachy Devotional Journal is focused on studying what the Bible says about courage and how to apply it in our lives. For those of you who have been subscribed to Always Peachy Devotions for a long time, you may recognize some of the content from our April 2022 study on courage. But what I’m excited about in this book is all the space you have to journal and process what you’re learning and what God is teaching you through His Word.
You can get your own copy of the devotional book through Amazon, or you can order them direct from me (and you might even get a few extras to go with them). If any of you will be attending the Realm Makers Writing Conference in July, I’ll have copies there as well.
I thought it was appropriate to talk about courage briefly as an introduction to this week’s topic on mercy—because mercy is impossible without courage. Mercy is so important to God, and that’s what we’re going to talk about this week.
June 19 - How does God show us His mercy?
June 20 - How do we show mercy to others?
June 21 - When can you stop being merciful?
June 22 - Mercy and your emotional health
June 23 - Mercy makes us like Jesus
It’s going to be a hard week but a good week, y’all. Talking about this has been changing my heart in so many ways, and I pray that it is doing the same for all of you.
Our memory verse this week is equally powerful, Matthew 5:7.
If we ever needed more motivation to show mercy to other people, I’d say that would do it. Wouldn’t you? If you are willing to show mercy to people in your life, then God promises to show mercy to you.
I love the Beatitudes, which is what our memory verse is from. It’s from one of Jesus’ many sermons during His earthly ministry, and so many of Jesus’ statements in this sermon sound contradictory. But they’re not—not when you look at them from God’s perspective.
That’s what Scripture is all about. That’s what following Jesus is all about. All throughout our lives, we are raised with a human perspective of how life works, but God’s ways are different. Following Jesus is about unlearning the human conditioning that life has pounded into us and re-learning how to do life His way.
Be merciful, and you will receive mercy. That’s certainly enough reason for me to want to live a merciful life.
I love you guys, and I’m praying that understanding why mercy matters to God will be a turning point in your lives that allows you to release the hurt you’re holding on to so that you can demonstrate God’s love to people who don’t deserve it.
Because that’s the whole point. None of us deserved it either.
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