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Friday, 9 August 2013
I Desire Mercy, And Not Sacrifice
by King Julius Kwedhi
Yes, the Lord Jesus hates sin. Passionately. He makes sure that the 5 billion dollar thief is punished accordingly as much as he makes sure the 5 cents thief in no way escapes justice. He gives no more and no less than what is deserved. According to what we each one has done, He will repay us.[i] Even us the righteous we shall receive in proportion to how we lived righteously, even though righteousness is a gift. Now hear Jesus say, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.[ii]” “And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.[iii]”
Can you hear compassion in those sweet Words? I can. And I do. Indeed, the Words of Jesus are the greatest Words ever spoken!
I strongly believe that Jesus loves and delights in restoring people. Just encountering those words does something to me. I have come to understand and treasure those words in my heart and in turn apply them in my life. The results are phenomenal.
Jesus in no way condones sin of any kind. However, He delights in transforming and regenerating sinners. Hear it in His Words to the lady that was caught in the very act of adultery, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.[iv]” He is not saying, “You have done nothing wrong.” No, He in no way condones sin. On the contrary He condemns it. Yet His golden heart is a kind heart, too. He was extending kindness that was undeserved. Because Kindness is Who He is, and He calls us to be the same.
Would you extend that kindness to someone else today. Tonight?
Further Scripture Reading:
[i] 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
[ii] Matthew 9:13 ESV Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."
[iii] Matthew 12:7 ESV And if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.