The tongue – Part 8
From the previews edition, dated 9th June, 2019, we were told that wherever we are, we are to humble ourselves and call on the name of Jesus Christ for mercy and He will hear us, show us mercy and when we are converted, heal us.
What is Mercy? The offline English Dictionary defines mercy as forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it, compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary or clemency. Also compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favour, beneficence.
Mercy comes with compassion for one who never qualifies for it. The whole essence of Jesus Christ coming to earth is to show us mercy (compassion). The tongue when not used aright brings forth death in the life of anyone who had misused it. Beloved, we have the responsibility to walk in accordance with the direction of God’s Word, in word and in deed.
Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.’ Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:1-12).
In the above Scriptures, a woman was brought to Jesus Christ to be condemned and stoned to death for the sin of adultery. The people had already concluded that nothing would make her escape death because by the Law of Moses, the penalty was by stoning to death. And Jesus was told that the woman was caught in the very act, and expecting He would give them the go-ahead to execute. But to their dismay, He gave a different response.
In the place of condemnation, Jesus said unto them, ‘If there be any of you who has not committed a sin, such one should first cast a stone on her.’ Being convicted by their own sin, they dropped the stones and left, and only Jesus and the woman was left behind. And Jesus asked the woman, ‘where are your accusers?’ And she said to him, ‘I found none of them.’ So, Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you.’ Go and never commit sin again. The compassion Jesus had for the lost (sinners) souls made Him to sacrifice Himself on the cross of Calvary. If you are this woman found in a crime, which you know very well that nothing will rescue you because you are guilty and suddenly the judge declare to you that you are pardoned. How will you feel?
Similarly, Jesus Christ is calling you. The penalty of death has been paid for you. His compassion fails not, and it is new every morning, great is His faithfulness.Let us come boldly unto the Throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need (Heb. 4:16). Agape!!!
Pastor Ibifaa Victor-Thompson
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