Scripture Reading: Romans 9:6-18
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” (Romans 9:15,16)
Among all the people born into this world, God has His people who were chosen before the foundation of the world — “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:4,5).
The unconditional election of God’s people is difficult for some to a accept; but the Scripture is very clear that our salvation is totally from God — “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” Our salvation is a gift from God. It is not something we can earn or that we deserve.
God, because He is God, has the right to grant mercy to whom He desires — “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” This is God’s divine prerogative.
Let’s face it. Human beings either get what they deserve (God’s justice) or what they don’t deserve (God’s mercy). And it is God who decides gets His mercy. It is His divine right. But remember what it cost God to grant mercy — “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all” (8:32). It cost God dearly to grant us mercy. Jesus came and took the place of those who were chosen to receive God’s mercy. He bore God’s justice in their place so that God could grant mercy to them.
Now do you see it? “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” The gift of God’s great mercy demands our love and obedience to the One who gave His Son to redeem us.
Heavenly Father, I do not know why You chose to grant mercy to me. I know how undeserving I am. I am eternally grateful for what You have done for me. You chose me before the foundation of the world and You sent Christ to save me from my sinful state. Now I belong to you.
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