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“Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:16).

Mercy is not receiving what is due.  We all receive mercy.  Acknowledge the mercy you have received.  It humbles you so that you do not fall prey to the temptation of thinking that these are things you deserve.  We deserve God’s wrath but in His mercy we receive grace upon grace.  It is not a matter of being worthy, but of being called.  You have been called by the Lord into His light.

Lord, this world tells me I deserve so many things.  Lead me away from its temptations so that I may be under Your mercy and grace.  In that sense, it does not matter what I deserve, good or bad.  I am the recipient of salvation by grace through faith. You have made these things true in me, Lord.  I had nothing to do with that.  Help me see this clearly and to live into the new life You have given me by faith.

Lord Jesus, You are the way, truth, and life.  In You is all hope.  Lead me, O Lord, so that I may now and always humbly abide in the truth of Your great love.  You are love incarnate.  In that love I have received from You great gifts.  Lead me, Lord, in order that I may now and always humbly abide in You and You in me.  May I be always thankful for the gifts of grace You have given me.  Amen. 

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