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We all need mercy

Merry Christmas. This holiday may you receive the gift of mercy. The Hebrew word “hesed” has several meanings: “Loyalty,” “Loving kindness,” “Mercy.” We all need mercy for we are all sinners, myself included. Jesus Christ perfectly fits all these attributes. As the son of God, Jesus mercy was and still is inexhaustible. He does no cast away those who state, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” “Come into my heart.”

Blind Bartimaeus sat by the roadside begging for alms. When he heard Christ Jesus coming out of Jerricho centuries ago, he cried, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy upon me.” Son of David is a Messianic title. Jesus Christ halted and stated with compasion, “What do you want me to do for you?” Without hesitation, blind Bartimaeus boldly proclaimed, “that I might receive my sight.” “Go your way, your faith has made you whole,” Jesus stated. Immediately, straightway, Bartimaeus was given eyesight. (Luke 18:35-42). The most hard-hearted criminal on death row in prison can be granted mercy by God. He can be forgiven by Christ. Men who are spiritually blind can be granted mercy since they are not walking in the light of Christ.    

Christ exclaimed “I am the light of the world!” Saul of Tarsus was another individual who was granted mercy. He was headed to Damascus to persecute Christians who were first called that name at Antioch. Suddenly, a bright light enfolded Saul. A voice said, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me.” Saul said, “Who are you Lord?” I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  

It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” The word goad means urges in the English vernacular.

God had a plan and purpose for Saul’s life. Saul was a Jewish name. He later became known as Paul, his Greek name. Paul, a converted, man evangelized the Roman Empire which will be revived again.

So, in conclusion, Proverbs 28:13 states “he who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” (See Acts 9) Romans 3:9-12) John 8:12) (1 John 1:9).

John Sirtoli resides in Gloversville

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