Posts Tagged ‘mercy’

Verses 22-24: “Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.”

The court of public opinion wasn’t just something that started in this century or even last century; it has been around for a long time. Here we have the people who brought charges against Paul and Silas joined by a worked-up mob. It doesn’t take long for word to spread, especially when it has to do with people that you don’t want around. The magistrates hastily had punishment laid out on Paul and Silas. No investigation of the charges was made; quick “justice” to appease the mob was done. But God wasn’t through with Paul and Silas yet.

Today, we see that mob mentality take place. Many times I have read online news articles, and then scanned the posts of commenters from vox populi, “the voice of the people”. Overwhelmingly, the opinions are uninformed and bigoted, lacking knowledge of what truly happened and making judgments only on what was reported on (where have you gone, Joe Friday?) In this day and age when information travels almost at the speed of lightning, we must be careful not to give in to the anger of the moment. Either an investigation turns up information that changes the story…or it confirms what was already assumed. However, at least, in this country, all citizens should get the benefit of due process. Justice may not always be served, but it should be striven for.

Remember though, the justice that we sinners deserve is the cross. Thank Jesus He gave out mercy instead.

Something to think about.

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verses 13-14: “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.”

These verses had already been marked in my Bible from a previous sermon delivered by either our pastor or a former associate pastor. I can’t remember exactly which one gave the sermon, but I think the notes from it deserve repeating. I hope I can convey the notes from that message adequately.

People have faulty thinking about their sin. They like to HIDE it. HIDE here stands for ways that people hide their sin:
Handle their sin…like most in denial, some people think, “oh I can handle it”.
Ignore their sin…”oh, I don’t have a sin problem” or even if they acknowledge it, “it’ll go away”.
Deny their sin… “I DO NOT have any problem with sin.” That’s like saying you don’t have any trouble with gravity: you trip, gravity pulls you down, you hit the ground…no problem.
Enjoy their sin…and then you have those with no guilt about their sin…they just enjoy it.

But what people need is forgiveness for their sins; they need to:
Confess the sin – the Latin term is “homo lagetto” (my apologies, I know I have misspelled it but I can’t find the proper spelling of the Latin term)
Forsake the sin – leave it, loathe it, don’t go back to it.
Mercy – and that’s something we get from Jesus

Something to think about today.

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