Josh Apple's Youth and Children's Page: November
Thankful For His Mercy
I once read about an incident that happened when Napoleon Bonaparte was Emperor of France. A young man had been caught committing a crime and had been sentenced to death. Every day after the verdict was issued, the young man’s mother stood outside the palace, calling out as loud as she could, “Please my Emperor! Have mercy on my son and pardon him!” The days turned into weeks, but the mother continued to cry out for mercy. It finally got to the point when Napoleon couldn’t take it anymore. He had tried to ignore her, but he could do so no longer. So he stepped out onto the balcony that overlooked where the mother was and said, “Madam, why should I have mercy on your son and pardon him? He is guilty of the crime and deserves the punishment.” To this the mother replied, “Yes he is guilty and he doesn’t deserve to be pardoned. But if he deserved the pardon, it would not be mercy.” Upon hearing the mother’s logic, Napoleon pardoned the young man and released him to his mother.
Mercy is when we don’t get what we deserve. When I look back at my life, there are thoughts I’ve had, words I’ve spoken, and things I have done in which I am guilty of sinning against God and therefore I deserve death. The first part of Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death.” I am guilty! I deserve to be punished from my “crimes” against God. But the rest of Romans 6:23 says, “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Because of my faith in Jesus, I have been shown mercy. Instead of receiving the punishment I deserve, I have been given the gift of eternal life.
Psalm 136:1 says, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His mercy endures forever.”
As we approach Thanksgiving and we pause to think about what we are truly thankful for, I want to give thanks to God for the great mercy He has shown me! He has forgiven my sins and shown me love. I deserve to be thrown out of His family, but instead He has welcomed me as His child. I can’t thank Him enough for the mercy He shows me every day. He truly is good to me; even when I don’t deserve it.
I hope and pray that all of you enjoy this season of Thanksgiving. Let’s all give thanks to the Lord, because He has definitely been good to us!
In Christ’s Love,