Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Dead Dog Like Me

Mephibosheth fell to the ground before the King.  "Should the king show such kindness to a dead dog like me?"  He exclaimed.  (2 Samuel 9:8)

   The term dead dog is an expression of deep self-abasement.  Goliath asks David, "Am I a Dog? (1 Samuel 17:43) and David describes himself as a "dead dog." (1 Samuel 24:14)  By doing so he is suggesting that King Saul needn't pay so much attention to him.

   A disobedient son, an adulterous wife, a rebellious people group.  God's mercy extends to all types of people.  No person is so good that he doesn't need mercy, and no one is so bad that God's mercy can't reach him.

   God shows his mercy to you by seeking you out and drawing you into his arms of love.  He provides for you, his child.  Are you prepared to extend mercy to someone within your sphere of influence today?  Is there someone whom you can reach with the love of Christ?   Perhaps someone who wronged you needs forgiveness.  Search your heart, find that someone who needs a good does of God's mercy -- and extend it to them.

Thought for the Day: God's mercy is available to all who seek him, and even to those who aren't seeking him.


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