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The Mercy Seat

  • Then his lord called him in, and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?' His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him. So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don't each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds. Matthew 18:32 WEB

    Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. Basically, it is not punishing them, even though they deserve it, even when they have really earned it, and it is well within your power to make them pay for it. It is turning the other cheek, when you would like to slap theirs.

    Someone hurt me very badly once and I had to forgive them every day for a few years. Anytime that it came to mind, I forgave them again until one day, it no longer bothered me and I no longer thought about it. This one took a long time. Each time they came to mind I would say 'Father, I forgive them for what they did.' Eventually, it became real and I no longer comforted myself by thinking of their demise like Esau did with Jacob (Genesis 27:42).

    Sitting right on top of the Ark of the Covenant was the mercy seat (Exodus 25:21). That is where God spoke from. Mercy is a big thing to the Lord and all through out the Bible you read about it. The Lord promises us that if we will show mercy, we will in turn be shown mercy (Matthew 5:7). It is an amazing promise, and it allows us to choose what is coming in our own life.

    Forgiveness does not make you a doormat, and repeat offenders need to be dealt with in a peaceful manner. Who we allow to be a part of our lives is a choice that we make. Some people belong on this side of our door, others should be outside of it, with the door locked. Forgiveness does not mean that you are weak. It is a calculated, intelligent choice to recognize that someone deserves punishment, but so do we all.

    God Almighty who created the universe, all powerful, holds our very life in His hands and can take it away instantly. He shows us mercy by forgiving us of our mistakes, but He did say that we have to forgive others, or that we would not be forgiven. Keep a clean slate. If you get the chance today to let someone off the hook, do so. The Lord will reward you by letting you off yours.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I choose to forgive those that have wronged me. I loose them and let them go free. I choose to show them mercy today because You told us to. Forgive me of my own sins and set me free from the chains that bind me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen to Yahuah and To His Will.

 

 

October 16, 2017
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you :)

October 16, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

It is indeed very difficult to forgive....but we have to!! So that we are forgiven by Him!

Thank you Pastor for reminding us this important step we need to take  for our very own salvation....God Bless!

 

October 16, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

Thank you for writing this. I often wondered if forgiving someone, when I don't really feel it in my heart, is really forgiving.

I didn't think the Lord wanted me to keep asking until I feel that they are forgiven, for what if I died tomorrow and my heart still doesn't feel like I have forgiven someone? Sometimes we may not live to have months or years to forgive others. Best to pray all night or all day and ask the Lord for forgiveness to come right then. Just my humble opinion, although this is very hard at times.

October 16, 2017
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

October 16, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

October 16, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for forgiveness. I love and worship you. Amen 

October 16, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

October 16, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Good Morning! Great teaching! I've practiced this through the years! Amazing it truley works! Amen!

October 16, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you Father for forgiving me, I choose to forgive others as well. Amen.

October 16, 2017
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!!

October 16, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving me a sinner. Lead me to forgive those whom has done wrong to me,in Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

October 16, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: October 16, 2017

Amen!!! Thank you my Lord and God, for your compassion and mercy! Please teach me by thy Mighty Spirit to show compassion and mercy; to forgive and to forget, in the name of Jesus Christ I ask & pray, Amen!

October 16, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

So true--only when we forgive others can we really experience peace! But it sure is a long, hard process!

October 16, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! 

October 16, 2017
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

There are sometimes that I thought that I had forgiven my aunt for all of the pain that she has caused me over the years. But then there are times that I realize that I am still hurt and angry for the things that she has done to me. Now after reading this daily devotional I have realize that I have to ask God to forgive me and I have to somehow forgive my aunt. She has had my children for 10 years now. She has never let my children give me a phone call on the holidays or call at all in 10 years. I could only visit with my children for 1 hour at a supervised visitation center. She stop bringing them to the visitation center. I have not seen my children in six years. This is very hard for me because my heart feels numb. It is hard for me to show emotion. I pray that God will help me forgive her. That is all that I can do now.

October 16, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!!

October 16, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion for this devotional.This is something I have to work at on a daily basis.When it is really difficult to forgive someone, I ask the Lord to help me forgive them and over time this works. Thank you Father for forgiving my sins. Amen.

October 16, 2017
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen pastor Dion thanks again for allowing God to be the head in your life!

October 16, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd, I will do this!  Heavenly Father I choose to forgive those that have wronged me. I loose them and let them go free. I choose to show them mercy today because You told us to. Forgive me of my own sins and set me free from the chains that bind me, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

October 17, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen! ❤

October 17, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I choose to forgive those that have wronged me. I loose them and let them go free. I choose to show them mercy today because You told us to. Forgive me of my own sins and set me free from the chains that bind me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

 

Thank you Pastor Dion for your daily devotion. :-)

October 17, 2017