keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:21)
God is merciful; therefore He does not want to punish us, but God is just; therefore He must punish sin. So God, in His mercy, made a way by His grace, whereby we may be saved. View below how Gods M.E.R.C.Y leads us to eternal life.
The Plan of God’s M.E.R.C.Y
Man is a sinner
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8)
Eternal life is available
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
Repentance is required
“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19)
Confession is commanded
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)
Yield your life
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33)
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)
The Timeframe of Eternal Mercy
Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve, its when He saves us from our own self-made judgement. The Bible declares that God’s Mercy is everlasting:
“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalms 100:5)
Yet, after a certain timeframe, the mercy of God which leads to eternal life will no longer save people from the wrath of God that is to be poured out in judgement over the wickedness of the world. This makes Gods mercy eternal; which means the absence of time. The eternal mercy of God knows no time. It is given out through the love of God as a gift of His Grace by His providential hand. God’s eternal mercy is available to all who come to Him today, tomorrow is no promise.
“…Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Ask God to save you today …
No matter where you are today, you can receive God’s plan of mercy which brings one into right relationship with Him.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Pray this prayer out loud with a trusting heart: “Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner deserving of eternal judgment separated from you. I accept your plan of mercy for me so that I might have a right relationship with you. I believe that you died for my sins and arose from the grave. I now turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I receive You as my personal savior and follow You as my Lord. Amen.”
Now that you have prayed this prayer and received God’s mercy for eternal life you need to actively involve yourself with a bible based church. If you reside in the Reed City or northwest Michigan region, I invite you to visit Bethesda Church of God located just off Mackinaw Trail across the street from the Old Rugged Cross memorial site.