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TITLE: Love Kissed Mercy
By Loretta Keener
03/01/13
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Audience is Christian Adults and teens. This is a Good Friday/Easter devotion about when love kissed mercy, grace was born.
I wish I could say I thought of that title, however, it is partly captured from the title of a friend’s message I was privy to hear called, “When Love Kissed Mercy, Grace was Born”.

I don’t recall the message, but that title has stayed with me for many years. My take on “Love Kissed Mercy” is first based on the love of God for his crowning creation, man. His love still continues today and forever. He hasn’t changed his mind about loving mankind after all these years; His love is unwavering, steady and sure. He showed us the proof of his love when he gave his only son, Jesus. What a price for love that was paid to ransom us back from sin and death.

God’s love has always been, and always will be. Mercy too, has always been and always will be. Love and mercy are just two of the characteristics of God. Love alone couldn’t accomplish what had to be done for mankind. Mercy, the forbearing, part of God put the muscle into love to do what only grace could. Without grace, the redemptive power that was needed to save man couldn’t have been made complete without the spilling of Jesus’s life blood.

1 Tim 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. (KJV)

When love kissed mercy, grace was born. The union between love and mercy birthed grace to mankind. Grace is the favor of God; just what man was in desperate need of to return the fellowship that God deeply desired to have with us. It was grace that was born out of the labor of love. It wasn’t an easy task to give up His only son for the retched creation we had become.

Jesus was willing to pay the price of love upon the cross. I like to think of the tall post of the cross is what stands for Love, God’s love that still stands today; and the cross post represents mercy. It was Christ’s “disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help”(Webster’s Dictionary) as he hung on the cross beam supported by love. He endured the agony with joy sitting before him. Joy of what was to come by fulfilling the will of his Father; joy that was his strength in time of great anguish; and joy that it would come to those who accept the saving knowledge of grace.

I thank God for His grace. We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it and we can’t buy it. It is given freely out of love and mercy. As we celebrate our resurrected Savior this Easter for the new life we now have because of what was freely given, let us rejoice even more; for we know it was made possible because of His grace.

Rom 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (KJV)
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