God the creator of heaven and earth, is the father of mercies. He is plenteous in them. He is so loving enough that He’s always ready to show His mercies to all deservers.
Let me, in a broad sense, classify God’s mercies into two: common or general mercies and uncommon or special mercies. About the first group, Jesus has this to say to His disciples when He encourages them about how to love,
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that
curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in
heaven : for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and
on the good, and send rain on the just and on the unjust. Matt 5:44-45 kjv
This is a general mercy for all creatures : the good, the bad and the ugly.
There are other things that God gives to His creatures especially mankind for His mercies sake and “…that thou mightiest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest”. (Psalm 51:4e-f).
For instance, in Isaiah, 5:1-7, He spoke of His Vineyard which he took very good care of at no cost to the Vineyard (Isreal). Note the followings about it :
It was planted in a fruitful Hill,
He fenced it, protection was sure ,
Planted it with the choicest vine
A wine press was there in it,
He did all that could be done to it
He got a disappointing result: because when it should bring forth grapes, it brought forth wild grapes. ” His Lamentation is
” What could have been done more to my Vineyard, that I have not done to it? Wherefore when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? ” vs 4.
When He declared what He planned to do to His Vineyard, it was not in favor of the Vineyard because it enjoyed God’s mercy but failed to reciprocate.
Therefore, do not abuse the benefits derived from God’s mercies, meet His expectations.
God had given you all that you need, not because of your effort, whether you know this or not, but because of His mercies.
Do you meet His expectations?
For the granted mercy, He has certain expectations from you. You should not bring forth “wild grapes” or wickedness. No evil act must be traceable to your abode.
Therefore, because He has shown you mercy, he has taught you how to be merciful. So, you must be teachable. You must understand His lessons. You should take after Him.. Begin to show mercy as you have received mercy. You need to go about doing only good. Your kindness must permeate your environment and society at large.
Note that you must do so “in the Name of the Lord” who has given you all things to enjoy. A careful examination or listing of His daily load of benefits which are direct products of His mercy will convince you that He has given you all things you need. Those things you do not have, as you think, may be a result of your covetousness, greed or being in a hurry. If it is your need, He will in His mercies give you in His time, place and way.
That is why, He expects your relationship with Him to be closer each passing day through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, who was given to redeem mankind, including you.
Do you meet His expectations? If you fail to, judgement will follow! Do you want to be condemned when you are judged? I don’t think you should desire this. It is better to be in His mercies forever by meeting His expectations : those that are mentioned here as well as those listed in the Scriptures. This does not exclude His reply to your request, “Lord, what do you want me to do?.
Do not abuse His mercies, yield a very good fruit and it shall be well with you.
Stay blessed and rapturable.