10th Jul 2016

Mercy

By Andy Jarvis


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The theme of the book of Romans is summarised, so we are told, as how a sinner may be received as righteous by a righteous God; and how a justified sinner should live daily to the glory of God. The first half of the book, the mercy of God for the sinner, is in many ways pictured by the parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10. The helpless traveller receives unsolicited help from an unlikely source. The 'saviour', not content with getting the traveller to an inn, takes responsibility for his present and future. The Samaritan demonstrates God's mercy, but beware of thinking of God simply as the kindest of men. This is God and the appropriate response is to be a 'living sacrifice'...