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The Mercy of the Father

The Father is always giving us the best and the most. He doesn’t hold back because we are unworthy. He will give to us when we are in our worst state. Abraham gave Isaac. His very best was Isaac. The father gave the prodigal love. He gave his best. He did not want to show the prodigal law or to assert his authority over him. The father’s heartbeat was to show his love rather than to reveal the nature of justice through the law.

Now that mercy rejoices over judgment, the Father’s heart is readily expressed to us. Judgment would say, “My nature is perfect. I can know no sin and never can look upon it. Man must be cursed and die for his sin; that is righteous judgment.” But the Father is always giving. He gave His Son and that revealed His mercy. His heart allows us to know Him beyond the letter of a concept and to live in the very present of our fellowship.

The Father receives when we respond. He receives what we accept when He gives. The heart of the Father receives pleasure from the triumphant experience of His own.

Possessed by God, hid in a Body, fervent with a vision, directed in purpose, expanding in a life, and growing up in a love that brings us deeper and deeper into the heart of God-and how can we experience all of this? How can we look toward the future with great expectancy? Because mercy will forever follow us through the heart of our Father, always extending grace that our experience may be Christ.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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