I heard another song today that seemed to shout a message to me. Yes, I was driving so I could not write any notes and I can only remember a bit of what it said. The song said, "He did what only mercy could do."

When I looked up mercy in the dictionary I found that it means compassion shown to an offender or to one subject to one's power, as God shows mercy to a sinner. It also said mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it. God's Word clearly tells me the punishment for sin, yet God in His great mercy paid the price for me.

The song said too, "His eyes of compassion looked beyond all my sin." Later I heard, "He picked up the pieces, made me over again." When I heard the word again, I was reminded of just how many times God has forgiven the sin that I allowed to creep into my life, picking up the pieces of what was now broken and putting me together again. I thought of broken vases and figurines I had repaired in the past and I remember there was always a mark or some indication of the break that would never go away. But then I remember that God in His great love and mercy can remove even the scar.

I listened to the song and know it's true, but I know too, I could never deserve the great love and mercy that has been shown to me. God has forgiven my sin, washed me clean, mended the broken places, and given me another opportunity to be what He wants me to be.

What a blessing to know that for me, He did what only mercy could do. -- Published in the Countryside Baptist Church bulletin September 11, 2016.