Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A Merciful Warrior

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

Matthew 5:7

“I will pursue my enemies and overtake them,

and I will not turn back until they are destroyed.”

Psalm 18:37

The man in Psalm 18:37 doesn’t sound very merciful, does he?  He said he would wage war against his enemies until he destroys every last one of them.  That sounds vicious.

But that man is the Son of God, who is indeed very merciful – toward those who confess their sins and turn to him for mercy.  People who repent and turn to Jesus are not his enemies, and he will never wage war against them.  It is those who rebel against God’s mercy and reject His Son Jesus as their Savior who will be utterly destroyed forever, every last one of them.

It is wiser to repent and receive God’s very great mercy than to refuse His Son and suffer God’s very great wrath.