MERCY

There are a few words that are very deep for me. What I would like to do here is to post a word and talk about it a little and then ask you to add your thoughts and comments about the word.

MERCY

With the earthquake in Haiti a few weeks ago, and some of the things God has put on my heart the last few months…the word mercy seems  to keep coming to the forefront of my mind and to the tip of my tongue as I pray.

As a boy growing up there was this game we would play as we wrestled with each other. The stronger would eventually pin down the weaker and force them to say uncle or mercy MERCY. So mercy to me was a sign of weakness. I have always defined it from the perspective of being weak or hurting. It was wrong for me as a strong American male to need mercy. Then when we had our first daughter who struggled at life for only a week…I found a whole new  meaning for mercy. I found that the hurting position required intense strength and incomprehensible perseverance. That is what I see in the eyes of the Haitian people.  

It also required faith in a God that could provide the mercy I so needed. Because you see, the MERCY giver acts out of a clear position of strength too. Just how much compassionate strength does it take to save the world? That is the mercy I want to understand. That is the mercy I want to flow through me!

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What does mercy mean to you?…please leave your thoughts in the comments below…

About Eddie Broussard

Bond servant to Jesus the Christ, want to be harvest worker (only a few out there).
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  • tammyy

    Until November, 2003 MERCY was basically one of those church words I heard (and ocassionally used)…..that is until God took my husband, Terry, home to be with him at the young age of 47. I clearly remember coming to you, Eddie, for some financial advise. At one point when I got a bit emotional, your words to me were..,.”we serve a MERCIFUL God”. Certainly it had entered my mind that I was thankful God had not allowed Terry to suffer on and on if He wasn't going to heal him this side of heaven……but with that simple statement that I'm sure you've never given a second thought, I got a whole new perspective on MERCY. I'M SO THANKFUL I SERVE A MERCIFUL GOD AND THAT HE SEES FIT TO SHOWER HIS MERCY ON ME DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY!

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    thanks for sharing Tammy…God bless!

  • ozzylevicocarelli

    Here is my contribution to the discussion: It is a quote from Bertrand Russell that I think says it all: “The Most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love, and faith.”

  • melody wiley

    Mercy is God witholding the punishment we deserve because of our sinfulness. The consequences of sin is death, yet Jesus paid this penalty for us.

    Dear Father God….I come to you as a sinner….and I do thank You for sending Your Son to die for me. And thank You Jesus for SAVING me everyday!!!

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    mercy and grace are not just a onetime transaction…but how we live everyday…I like that…thanks Melody

  • Stacey Holderman

    As I was thinking about this and reading through I agree with Melody. I think of my day to day living and God's mercy are so important because His mercy is new every day. His mercy is a compassion for us with an uncoditional love for his creation. Our sin is as far as the east is from the west. How much more could someone love someone else.

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    “His mercy is new every day” amen Stacey

  • paulholderman

    Mercy: Walking away a free man when the evidence was clear that I deserved the death penalty.