Sharing Mercy and Grace With Others

Thursday’s section of this week’s lesson asks,

Is there someone to whom you need to show mercy, who perhaps doesn’t deserve it? Why not show this person that mercy, no matter how hard that might be to do? Isn’t that what Jesus has done for us?

After running from God, Jonah had given up on life, and told the men on the boat in the storm to throw him overboard. However God’s grace provided a fish to save his life! God’s grace never gives up on us, even when we give up on ourselves. 

On December 2, 1979 Elvita Adams woke up in the Bronx, and decided she had given up on life. She went to the Empire State Building, and went to the 86th floor observation deck and jumped! She was in midair and had nothing to hold on to, but God’s grace was holding on to her! A gust of wind came and threw her inside the 85th floor. She had a full and complete physical and emotional recovery. 

When God’s grace miraculously saves us, it usually creates in us a graceful attitude towards others, but not for Jonah. Instead of praising God for His amazing grace Jonah is angry that God is graceful. 

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. Jonah 4:1-2 NKJV

Apparently Jonah did not appreciate the fact that the same grace that saved Nineveh was the same grace that provided a fish to save him. Jonah was given grace, but he did not extend that grace on to others, like Paul, who wrote,

But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:16 NLT 

Jonah had a wonderful opportunity to go to Nineveh and use himself as an example of what God’s grace can do for the worst of sinners, so they could believe and have eternal life too. Thankfully God’s amazing grace worked in spite of Jonah to save Nineveh instead of because of Jonah.

I heard an old-time Adventist preacher once say that God will finish His work in spite of the church, not because of the church. Let’s not be stingy with God’s grace and force Him to finish the work in spite of us. Let’s extend the grace we have received to others, so God can save others through us instead of in spite of us


2 comment(s) for this post:

  1. david towet:
    13 Dec 2017 yes, i want to show mercy to my villagers and fellow suport staff of chebunyo school-kenya.
  2. Mrs A Stolz:
    13 Dec 2017 Hello William, thank you again for your thoughts so eloquently put. I can't help putting my tongue into my cheek and marvel at the lack of comments so far to your post. Does this mean we have no grace toward those around us? I agree with David Towet above, I want to show mercy to my fellows around me. So what our prayer group has started doing is pray sincerely for the 'unlovlies' around us in our community. This prayer includes - the wife beaters, the party girls who leave their children at home alone, the addicts, the folk who do not laugh at our jokes, the ones who gossip against us, who cause us emotional pain, the mentally disabled even though we know they can't help being what they are. The demanding teenagers, workmates, elderly, lonely, the ones we find difficult to get along with; all of the above and more. We pray for them, and try to find and ask for God's mercy to us so that we can invite them to our birthday parties and show them some kindnesses to reflect God's grace given to us. Godbless today, Mrs A Stolz

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