Sometimes when I hear or read words, I can feel the dryness of mercy. It could be the same with me or anyone. But it is not the same with the Lord.
Love and compassion. It is like a drought land without the waters of the Lord Jesus.
He is a river of mercy. He stands as waters coming out to our need.
We are thirsty and He is the River. The Lord is a River from the Throne of grace that comes to us to give us help in our need.
And He is rich in mercy to those who call on him for mercy, and forgiveness.
And unlike the pharisee's, he gives us a new life, pours into our land so in need, so dry, his own waters of life and our need, and treats us as one of his, right away. He gave His own life to be for us what we need.
Just go and sin no more. And He gives us help to do that, too.
The pharisees stood to condemn the woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Jesus wrote in the sand. And said, let the one without sin, cast the first stone. And they all left. The woman was left there. Jesus said, woman, where are your accusers? They had all gone.
And he said, neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.
Jesus extended to that woman in her need, something from himself that he had for her. Mercy. Who he is.
She came to be stoned, and there met her Savior. What a diffent kind of person He was.
He was mercy for her. He cared about her. He didn't accuse her, he gave her a invitation to a new life. He saved her. Like the sweetest fragrance of caring.
She was dragged there to be stoned without mercy.
He extended to her a covering of mercy.
He just said, go and sin no more.
If our life is like that, Jesus cares the same to day as for the woman then.
He extends his mercy to us now, in our need, just like then. Maybe no one else does. But Jesus does. He cares so much.
He is a River of mercy for the poor and needy. He is friend to the friendless. And he can still be found. He still sits with sinners, being a friend to them, today. Loving them, showing them mercy, that they might know Him. His very heart cries out for this thing. Letting them know Him.
Those we may think are too sinful for him to care about, you just find him there with them, wanting them get to know him. When we think others are too sinful, we're just not aware of how sinful we are without him. Jesus said about one woman who came and wept on his feet, to a pharisee, those who sin much, love much.
And what do you know? When you get to know him, you find Love, and you love him, too.
A river of grace abounding into the lives where there is need. That is our Jesus today.
He's still found standing between the woman and her accusers, and being what no one expected him to be. He's still blocking the insults on his much loved, as they wipe his feet with their tears.
Caring and loving and full of mercy and extending hope and a new life. How much one is thankful for a Savior like this!
And He just says to us, go and sin no more. And walks with us each day to help us to do just that. Just make the choice and come to Him.
He is still extending mercy to all in need, today. He is accessible today. And he cares for the sinner caught in sin today.
Perhaps we have not been shown mercy because those around us don't know mercy. Sometimes we need Jesus to remind us that we are all sinners worthy of the same. Sometimes we need to realize it is Jesus we need to come to.
But the Lord has mercy for us and we can come to him and he will extend to us the same love extended to the woman. He wants us know his mercy. He wants us set free from our past that would cause us great harm. He wants us to have hope and a new life, and to know his love and salvation. He wants our families saved. He is very kind, and He extends mercy to those in need, as we are all in need and all sinners saved by his grace.
So just come to him and drink. And let your pain be eased and your worries laid down. The Lord cares for you.
Sincerely, Kathleen Angell