Open Door of Mercy
I remember reading of an old-time preacher who wrote of God’s “open door of mercy” in his appeal to his readers. It may sound like an antiquated phrase, but I hope it is a perspective that will never be lost for those of us who seek to talk to our friends and coworkers about Christ. So often these days Jesus is presented as a pitch for life improvement or personal fulfillment. By contrast, the Bible presents Christ and his salvation as a mercifully provided portal to escape the impending consequences of sin that are coming on a rebellious world. In the words of the Apostle Peter, as he pleaded with those who would hear him, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation” (Ac. 2:40). It is a perspective clearly heard in heaven’s call to those on earth in Revelation 18—“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues” (v.4). Thankfully, for now, the merciful door of escape is still open. But as Peter would later remind his generation, we should never presume upon God’s grace thinking the door will stay open forever. We must instead “count the patience of our Lord” as perhaps the last of the opportunities for any to be saved (2Pt.3:1-15). Time is obviously running out. So let us be thankful and motivated, that at least for today, God’s door of mercy is still open.
A grateful heart recognizes God’s grace and blessing at every moment, in every circumstance. We could consume all of our time and attention focusing on life’s difficulties, but the Bible says that would be a mistake (not to mention a good way to make ourselves miserable, bitter, envious, and faithless). Because God is great and most worthy of praise (Psalm 96:4), we are never short of good and awesome things for which we should take note. In obedience to God’s Word, we must turn our hearts and our voices to Him in joyful thanksgiving.
In Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Nancy Leigh DeMoss talks about the why, when and how of giving thanks according to God’s Word and how gratitude has the power to change our lives. The book also includes helpful bonus materials, including a list of thanksgiving hymns and a 30-day devotional guide to gratitude. Make sure you get a copy for your home. Request Choosing Gratitude with your donation of any amount this month.
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